July 1 Change to HIV Antiretoviral Medications

From July 1 2015, there will be huge improvements in the way that HIV antiretroviral medicines, are prescribed, dispensed and accessed under the Highly Specialised Drugs (HSD) Program.  So, what does this mean and why is this important? 

Currently people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Australia are required to attend a hospital to access HIV antiretroviral medicines. The July 1st changes streamline these arrangements; meaning people  have the freedom to access these medicines from the pharmacy of their choice (regardless of where these medicines were prescribed). This is great news and progress in the right direction. 

The team at Blakes’s Pharmacy believe that PLHIV  have been discriminated against in our health system. As a Gay owned and operated business, we welcome these changes, knowing they’ll make things a little easier for some members of our community. From July 1  its goodbye to hospitals (because let’s be real, who wants to be there when you don’t have to be) and a very welcoming hello from Blakes. Remember we can only dispense medication dated from 1 July onwards, so please make sure your doctor’s have put the correct date on your prescriptions. 

 The team  at the Blakes Pharmacy have undergone specific training and support; ensuring we provide our customers with the necessary information, support and medication. We’re committed to maintaining your privacy, providing you with exceptional customer service, expert medical advice within a friendly local community environment. 

We’re here to help, so stop by for a chat and say hi, and we’ll help on your way. 

Team Blake’s Pharmacy 

For further information read here http://www.humanservices.gov.au/