Proposal to change how discarded medicines are reimbursed


30 October 2018 - PHARMAC is seeking feedback on a proposal to change how the agency reimburses discarded medicines in community pharmacies.

The wastage rule is applied to some products in Section B of the Pharmaceutical Schedule to ensure that community pharmacies are reimbursed for the full cost of a pack. Over time, as the type of products that have been listed on the Schedule have changed, the rule has been added to more products.

The proposal would mean that pharmacies would be able to submit a wastage claim at the point when the unused portion of the product is discarded, rather than at the time of the last dispensing.

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Michael Wonder

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Medicine , New Zealand , Funding , Wastage