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Providing naloxone under the take home naloxone pilot

Learn more about providing naloxone as part of the take home naloxone pilot initiative, and how to register as or apply to be a provider.

When does the pilot begin?

Community Pharmacists in the following states can take part in the take home naloxone pilot from 1 December 2019:

  • New South Wales
  • South Australia
  • Western Australia

Dispensing doctors and hospital pharmacists in these states can take part in the pilot from mid-January 2020.

Who can provide naloxone through the pilot

Pharmacies, doctors and hospital pharmacies

You are eligible to provide naloxone through the pilot if you are:

You must register to provide naloxone through the pilot. Contact:

Take home naloxone pilot administrator contact

Contact the take home naloxone pilot administrator for information on how to take part in and register for the take home naloxone pilot. You can call from 9 am to 8 pm AEST Monday to Friday.

support [at] ppaonline.com.au

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Supplying naloxone outside the pilot

Pharmacies, doctors and hospital pharmacies in all states and territories can still supply naloxone if they don’t register for the pilot, to either:

  • someone with a prescription
  • over the counter from a pharmacy for a fee

Other providers

Non-pharmacy settings can choose to participate in the pilot and supply naloxone. These settings may include:

  • a general practice
  • an alcohol or other drug treatment service
  • an injecting centre
  • a homeless or outreach service

To take part in the pilot contact your participating state to register your interest to provide naloxone outside a pharmacy setting.

Ordering and claiming naloxone to provide through the pilot

Pharmacies should order naloxone for the pilot using normal stock management processes.

If you are approved to provide naloxone outside a pharmacy setting by your state, ask your state contact about how to order it.

Depending on the product, naloxone has a shelf life of up to 3 years.

Pharmacists can claim the cost of naloxone supplied under the pilot through the THN pilot portal.

You must be registered as a provider to use the portal.

Supplying naloxone through the pilot

Who you can supply naloxone to

You can supply naloxone to anyone through the pilot. No prescription is needed.

How often you can supply naloxone

There is no limit on the number of times you can provide naloxone through the pilot.

How much naloxone you can supply

You can supply up to two times the PBS quantity of naloxone at any time.

This table shows how much naloxone you can supply, in which form.

Product

Brand

Quantity

Prenoxad® pre-filled syringes

Phebra

2

Nyxoid® intranasal spray

Mundipharma

2

DBL naloxone hydrochloride ampoules

Pfizer

10

Naloxone hydrochloride ampoules

Juno

10

You can’t supply Narcan for prescriber bags under the pilot.

Naloxone you supply someone under the pilot does not count towards their PBS Safety Net.

Collecting data on the pilot

You must collect data from people you supply naloxone to through the pilot:

  • so you can claim the cost
  • to help us evaluate the program

The data you collect about the person receiving naloxone will be de-identified. 

Get training or learn more about naloxone

Access training material and learn more about naloxone from the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Learn more about the take home naloxone pilot.

Last updated: 
2 December 2019
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