Community Pharmacy Dispensing

Dispensing rules for HIV ART medication changed on 1 July 2015. This mean you can fill your script and collect your HIV ART from a number of select community pharmacies. Unfortunately we will not just be able to waltz into a community pharmacy and have the pharmacist pull our ARTs off the shelf. The majority of community pharmacies will not keep HIV ART medicines in stock, instead they will order as and when customers require. That means you will need to have a conversation in advance with your pharmacist so your medication can be ordered ahead of time to avoid treatment interruptions.

It’s important to know this service will cost. We are lucky in Western Australia that our HIV ART medication dispensing fee at the public hospitals is paid for by the WA Department of Health. However, when you collect your medication from a community pharmacy you will have to pay either a general patient co-payment or a concessional co-payment. What does this mean? Check out the table below:

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If you think community dispensing might right for you have a chat to your HIV clinician/ clinical nurse so they are aware you will be taking your script outside of the hospital. For refills, plan ahead. You can leave your script with your chosen pharmacy and use http://medadvisor.com.au/ on a smart phone or computer to keep track of your scripts, remotely refill scripts and more. I highly recommend checking it out. And if postal deliveries are something you’re interested in, chat with the pharmacist to ask about options.

Which pharmacies are onboard?
There are 11 community pharmacies in Perth currently with the capacity to fill your HIV ART scripts, however I’m sure more will come aboard with time. They include:

  1. Amcal Max Burswood, 265 Great Eastern Highway. Ask for pharmacist:
    Tyson Wellman, Ph: 9361 8777
  2. Craven’s Pharmacy, 2/553 Hay St, Perth CBD. Ask for Ron Stuurstraat,
    Ph: 9325 4375
  3. Beaufort St 24 Hour Chemist, 647 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley. Ask for pharmacists Althea Cao & Alexis McLeod, Ph: 9328 7775
  4. Helena Estate Pharmacy, Shop 3, 1 Torquata Bvd, Helena Valley. Ask for pharmacist Julie Stuurstaart, Ph: 9250 5811
  5. Maddington Village Pharmacy, Shop 3, Maddington Village, Westfield St, Maddington. Ask for pharmacist Nathan Paull & Christian Rossi, Ph: 9459 6179

Note: PrEP is not currently TGA-licensed, nor is it available in Australia on the PBS. You will not be able to get PrEP from your community pharmacist.

6. Mckenzies Chemist
Pharmacist: Jamie Tran / Dalini Rajalingam
689 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley WA 6050
Ph: 9328 9447
Hours:  8am – 9pm seven days a week

7.  Northbridge Pharmacy
Pharmacists: Lynh Pham / Kerry Ly.
Shop 1, 154-156 Newcastle Street, WA 6000
Ph: 9328 9447
Hours:
Monday to Friday 8am – 7pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 9am – 3pm

8. Pharmacy 777 Applecross
Pharmacists: Clare Woodrow / Carolyn Holmes
777 Canning Hwy, WA 6153
Ph 9444 5551
7am – 11pm seven days a week

9. Pharmacy 777 Glendalough
Pharmacists: Wayne Lee / Chloe Chew
Shop 8-10, Glendalough Village Shopping Centre,
Crn Harborne St & Jon Sanders Dr, WA 6016
Ph 9444 5551
8am – 10pm seven days a week

10. Pharmacy 777 Maylands
Pharmacists: Storm Meacock / Greg Da Rui
238 Guildford Rd, Maylands, WA 6051
Ph 9271 5659
8am – 10pm seven days a week

11. Swan View Pharmacy
Pharmacist: Michael Slater
Shop 3, Swan View Shopping Centre, Gladstone & Marlboro Roads, Swan View WA 6056
Ph: 9294 2917
Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8.30am – 6pm
Thursday 8.30am – 7pm
Saturday 8.00am – 5pm
Sunday 11.00am – 5pm

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Figure 1: Map of community pharmacies currently on board with HIV ART dispensing (Aug 2015)