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Prescriptions (Rx)- NZ Only
At UNICHEM Northcote, we have a dedicated, well trained and very experienced team to help make things simple for you.
Our Pharmacy offers efficient and professional prescription dispensing . The pharmacy is licenced with the NZ Ministry of Health and contracts with the Waitemate District Health Board ( DHB) to provide prescription services to or customers . We also offer a wide range of services from delivery to medico trays and Long Term Condition services (LTC) for patients on complex medicine regimes or who need extra help with their medicines .
Note: Legislation prohibits New Zealand pharmacies from supplying prescription medicines offshore or prescriptions written by a non NZ registered doctor/practitioner.
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Prescription Charges Overview
Have you ever wondered why you have to pay so much for your prescription and why the charges seem to differ when you get your prescription from your family doctor, dentist , midwife or specialist? Well, let us try to make things clearer and less complicated. A Prescription written by a prescriber that is not enrolled with a PHO ( primary healthcare organisation) will be more expensive , around $15 per item - these prescribers are usually Private Specialists not in Hospitals , Dentists , some Midwives , Doctors at Accident or After hours Clinics - the prescription code is known as A3 . If the prescriber does belong to a PHO the code is known as A4 . These codes should be written on the prescription by your Doctor in order to let the Pharmacist know how much to charge .
Non funded Medicines
These are medicines that are not subsidised by the government meaning you will have to pay full charges for them. Example of non-subsidised medicines are , Arcoxia, Xenical and Propecia.
Medicines funded by the New Zealand health system
There are several important points regarding prescription charges:
PART CHARGES : You may also be charged extra on top of the govt prescription charge if the govt only partially subsidises a particular medicine . This may be because your Doctor has prescribed a particular brand that is more expensive than another available brand ( generic ) . This charge can change monthly so your receipt can be different at different times .
EXTRA PHARMACY SERVICE CHARGES : You may also be charged extra for services or interventions that the govt does not re-imburse Pharmacist's for .( NON SUBSIDISED SERVICES) These charges include faxed & telephone scripts administration , special packaging , extra bottles , delivery , obtaining community service card numbers , obtaining special authority numbers , photocopying scripts , sending scripts back to Doctors for legality of a script , postage , intervention of complex scripts .
A list of these Pharmacy Service charges and prices is displayed at the Unichem Northcote inside the Pharmacy Dispensary areas . Pharmacists are happy to discuss any of these charges and help you avoid charges if possible now or in the future
Special Authority Applications
Special Authority is an application process in which a prescriber requests government subsidy on a Pharmaceutical or a particular person.
Once approved, the prescriber and the patient are provided a special authority number which must appear on the prescription.
Specialists who make an application must communicate the valid authority number to the prescriber who will be wiriting the prescriptions.
The authority number can provide access to subsidy, or waive certain restrictions otherwise present. Example of medicines- arimidex, arava, ensure plus drinks etc.
The number is only valid for 2 years and must be re-applied for by your Doctor .
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