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HIV medications now available at community pharmacies

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McKenzie’s Pharmacy in Mount Lawley is one of several locations where HIV medications can now be ordered.

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Previously HIV medications could only be accessed via Royal Perth Hospital but 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 select number of community pharmacies. However, you can’t just wonder in and pick up your medication, you need to have a conversation in advance with your pharmacist so your medication can be ordered ahead of time to avoid treatment interruptions.

One of the big differences though is that this service incurs a cost. In Western Australia the HIV ART medication dispensing fee at the public hospitals is paid for by the WA Department of Health. However, when you collect medication from a community pharmacy you will have to pay either a general patient co-payment or a concessional co-payment.

There are eleven pharmacies signed up to the program.

Mckenzies Chemist, Ask for Jamie Tran and Dalini Rajalingam
689 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley WA 6050, 9271 6870  
Amcal Max Burswood, 265 Great Eastern Highway. Ask for Tyson Wellman, 9361 8777
Craven’s Pharmacy, 2/553 Hay St, Perth CBD. Ask for Ron Stuurstraat, 9325 4375
Beaufort St 24 Hour Chemist, 647 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley. Ask for pharmacists Althea Cao & Alexis McLeod, 9328 7775
Helena Estate Pharmacy, Shop 3, 1 Torquata Bvd, Helena Valley. Ask for pharmacist Julie Stuurstaart, 9250 5811
Maddington Village Pharmacy, Shop 3, Maddington Village, Westfield St, Maddington. Ask for pharmacist Nathan Paull & Christian Rossi, 9459 6179
Northbridge Pharmacy
Shop 1, 154-156 Newcastle Street, WA 6000, Ask for Pharmacists Lynh Pham and Kerry Ly, 9328 9447

Pharmacy 777 Applecross ask for Clare Woodrow or Carolyn Holmes
777 Canning Hwy, WA 6153, 9444 5551

Pharmacy 777 Glendalough Shop 8-10, Glendalough Village Shopping Centre, Crn Harborne St & Jon Sanders Dr, WA 6016 ask for pharmacists: Wayne Lee and Chloe Chew, 9444 5551
Pharmacy 777 Maylands 238 Guildford Rd, Maylands, WA 6051, ask pharmacists: Storm Meacock and Greg Da Rui, 9271 5659
Swan View Pharmacy Shop 3, Swan View Shopping Centre, Gladstone & Marlboro Roads, Swan View WA 6056, ask for Pharmacist: Michael Slater, 9294 2917

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