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Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) prescription—number of authorised prescription repeats, total number N[N]

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termNumber of authorised prescription repeats
METeOR identifier:Help on this term603919
Registration status:Help on this termCommonwealth Department of Health, Standard 17/12/2015
Definition:Help on this termFor a given Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) prescription, the total number of repeat supplies of the prescribed medicinal product that can be supplied to the patient or PBS consumer, as specified by the prescriber.
Data Element Concept:Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) prescription—number of authorised prescription repeats

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Representation class:Help on this termTotal
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN[N]
Maximum character length:Help on this term2
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99Not stated/inadequately described

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Collection and usage attributes

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For 'single supply' prescriptions, i.e. those prescriptions for which only an original supply is specified by the prescriber, the value of this data item should be 0.

For repeat prescriptions, this value should be greater than 0. The value can be less than the number of repeats specified for the prescribed item in the Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits, i.e. it is not necessary to prescribe the listed number of repeats from the Schedule if, in the opinion of the prescriber, a lesser number is sufficient for the patient's needs.

This value can be greater than the listed number of repeats from the Schedule, if the prescriber feels that the number of repeats should be increased. Specification of a higher number of repeats necessitates the completion of an authority prescription form by the prescriber.

The number of authorised prescription repeats should not change over the life of a prescription.

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The number of repeats specified in a given prescription is typically one less than the total number of times that the patient can be supplied with the prescribed medication. For example, a prescription authorising 5 repeats means that the patient can be supplied with the prescribed medication a total of 6 times, i.e. the original supply plus 5 subsequent repeats.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termDepartment of Health

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Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) state/territory data extract 2013-14 Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 17/12/2015

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