Prescription items can
only be dispensed with an Australian Prescription written by Medical
Practitioners registered in Australia. Please do not order any Prescription
items if you cannot supply us with the Prescription.
Homepharmacy are proud to offer a complete professional service. All
relevant medical details provided by you will in turn be used by our Pharmacist on Duty to safeguard against potential allergic, drug or health interactions. Our priority is to protect your well being and is compulsory for all Prescription Orders.
Australia's current Health Scheme means that some in our community will have
differing entitlements when it comes to paying for their prescriptions. When a
prescription form is dispensed by Homepharmacy, each prescription item will
clearly identify up to four different prices which will depend on the patient's
A breakdown of descriptions of the different prices are as follows:
When the Private Prescription Price is cheaper than NHS price, you may request
that the prescription be dispensed as a Private Prescription instead of under
the NHS scheme which in turn will save you money. Please note that PRF Stickers cannot be issued for Private Prescriptions. If you wish to claim the item through
a Private Health Fund, please request a receipt when ordering the medication.
Multiple Quantities for the same item can be ordered provided there are sufficient
N H S
NHS (National Health Scheme) prices are set by government and current legislation prohibits any
discounting. PRF or Prescription Record Form stickers are supplied with NHS
prescriptions and Homepharmacy will keep all Safety Net Totals up to date. Where there is no price appearing in the NHS box, this will mean that the prescription item is classed as a Private Prescription.
Please note you cannot order multiple quantity of the same item under NHS
Pricing for the same person per order. This is because NHS item have a time
interval before the repeat can be dispense. However if you choose to have the
prescription dispense on Private Prescription Pricing, multiple quantity can be
ordered provided there are sufficient repeats.
(Included in this category are the following: PENSIONERS, VETERANS AFFAIRS CARD
HOLDERS, HEALTH CARE and CN CARD HOLDERS.
While card holders for the above will normally pay $6.10 for NHS Prescriptions,
there may be some medications that will attract government surcharges. This can
be avoided where possible by requesting the generic or less expensive equivalent
when prompted. If no price appears in the benefit card box, private prices will
IMPORTANT NOTE: All those with relevant entitlement cards must provide
photocopies of said cards with their first Prescription Order to protect all
parties against fraud!!
SN CARD HOLDERS
SN card holders will not be charged for their NHS prescriptions. Government
surcharges will still apply to some medications as detailed previously on this
page. Patients who hold a SN card will not be charged for postage and handling
for their medications. As explained previously on this page, where the
prescription item is not NHS, Private charges will apply.
IMPORTANT NOTE; All those with relevant entitlement cards must provide
photocopies of said cards with their first Prescription order to protect all
parties against fraud!!!
Homepharmacy offer you the option of having your Prescription
Repeats filed for ease of dispensing as required. Please choose the option to
have the Repeat filed when ordering. The next time you place an order and pay
in full, we will match up the repeats with the order and dispatch the same day
to you, thus saving you delivery time.
Current Government regulations state that emails and faxes of Prescriptions will
not be dispensed. You must have a prescription that is of Australian Origin and
written by a Registered Australian Doctor.
International Prescriptions will not be accepted.
DD (Dangerous Drugs S8) and Refrigerated Lines will not be supplied. Homepharmacy reserve the right to refuse supply of any goods if we feel our
professional obligations are being compromised in any way. Homepharmacy offer
service worldwide but dispensing prescriptions is restricted to Australia only.
These brands are classed as "less expensive" and do not incur government
charges. The generic drugs are equal in quality and strength due to some drug
companies offering competitive prices and often the drug companies supply the
drugs that incur government charges as well as their generic substitutes!!! Homepharmacy will supply the less expensive (generic) brand where available if
instructed to do so by the patient.
The following is a breakdown of terms to determine prescription pricing.
Different pricing of prescriptions will apply to consumers who have entitlement
cards. When you choose a prescription item, four different prices will be
available to you to select from, depending on your entitlement circumstances.
PRIVATE; Private Prescription. No government subsidy which means the
patient will pay full price for their medication. Anyone with a prescription may
pay this price.
NHS; National Health Scheme price is set by the Government. Prescription
Record Form Stickers are supplied and recorded on a Safety Net Card.
NOTE: (A) When this appears after a prescription item, an Authority is required
from the Government for the NHS price.
CONCESSION: Entitlement Cards in this category are pension cards, health
care cards, veterans affairs cards and Safety Net (CN) cards. All those with
current relevant entitlement cards must provide a photocopy with their first
order as proof on entitlement
SAFETY NET: SN cards or Safety Net Cards are issued on reaching safety
net limits set by the Government.
WHAT THE SAFETY NET MEANS: If you and your family have a large amount of NHS
prescriptions dispensed during a calendar year you may reach the threshold where
you and your family are entitled to a Safety Net Card. This means you are then
able to receive NHS prescriptions at a cheaper rate or not cost to you. A family
can include a spouse or de facto: children under the age of 16 in your care and
full time dependent students 25 years or younger.
Homepharmacy will automatically keep all records of NHS prescriptions dispensed
by us for future Safety Net purposes. However, we cannot keep a record of those
prescriptions dispensed at other pharmacies including hospital pharmacies.
Because pharmacies are not linked in any way, it is advised that if using other
pharmacies at any stage, you should keep a separate Prescription Record Form.
SAFETY NET THRESHOLD: The levels for 2018 are as follows:
GENERAL PATIENTS: $1521.80 per Calendar year (as of 2018). Once Safety net
level is reached, prescription item will be charged at $6.40 each.
A safety net card will be issued allowing you and your family access to cheaper
medicines for the remainder of the calendar year.
CONCESSION CARD HOLDERS: (pension, health care card holders etc), the
Safety Net Threshold represents 60 prescription items. A Safety Net Card will be
issued allowing NHS prescriptions to be free for you and your family for the
remainder of the calendar year.
Please note that these figures are adjusted annually and do not include a surcharge for the more
expensive/alternative medicine brands.
For further information, call the Australian Pharmaceuticals Benefits Scheme on
1800 020 613. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.hic.gov.au