Applications to issue an authority to prescribe certain medicines
- Narcotic and psychostimulant medicines are used in some situations for the treatment of medical conditions.
- If not used as prescribed, they can also cause substantial harm to the person’s health and to the community.
- Examples of narcotic medicines are morphine and oxycodone.
- Examples of psychostimulant medicines are dexamfetamine and methylphenidate.
To prescribe narcotic or psychostimulant medicines, your doctor must apply to us for authority:
- if your treatment is for greater than two months
- immediately for some narcotic medicines
- immediately if you are declared drug dependent.
An authority may be issued under Section 59E of the Tasmanian Poisons Act 1971
- This allows the Secretary of the Department of Health (Tasmania) to authorise treatment with certain medicines.
- The authority may include conditions.
- The application for authority may be refused.
- Applications are assessed to ensure patient safety and address public health concerns.
- If you are a doctor, patient or carer, you may ask for a review of a decision on an application.
Process for issuing authorities to prescribe narcotic or psychostimulant substances
Requesting a review of a decision on an application to prescribe narcotic or psychostimulant medicines
- You may apply to request a review of the decision for medical or other reasons.
- It is important to discuss your review request with your doctor first.
- If you are a carer, you must get consent from the patient before submitting the review application.
- The review application will be dealt with by a different delegate to the person making the original decision.
- The delegate may take advice from an alternate consultant medical officer or from a panel of medical specialists.
How to apply for a review of a decision on an application to prescribe narcotic or psychostimulant medicines
To apply for a review of a decision on an application to prescribe medicines under Section 59E of the Tasmanian Poisons Act 1971, please: