The new Administration, Handling and Infrastructure fee set to be introduced in the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement will apply to Section 100 dispensing, Guild president George Tambassis has told the AJP.
The three-tiered AHI will replace the existing pharmacy markup component of remuneration. Its first tier, where the Approved Price to Pharmacist (wholesaler PBS list price) is up to $180, will be $3.49 per prescription.
The current handling fee for Section 100 scripts is $2.88 per script.
“The AHI will be applied to medicines supplied in bulk under the Section 100 scheme, replacing the mark-up on those medicines,” George Tambassis says.
“The availability of medicines and pharmacy services in these remote parts of Australia makes a significant contribution to the health of people whose mortality and morbidity still lags behind the majority of Australians.
“The Minister for Health made it clear in her negotiation of the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement that she wanted a focus on ATSI and rural programs.”