As Australia contains some of the best alcoholics in the world, it is disappointing to note that some people have problems accessing Naltrexone. I found an online GP service and spoke with the founding GP on how Naltrexone (no Nalmafene in Oz) could be made available to treat Alcohol Use Disorder.
GP2U is an online GP service. Dr.Freeman is the founder of this service and he works with of a number of GPs who take appointments on his site. He is supportive of the use of Naltrexone for alcohol use reduction but does not refer to it as TSM.
The GP2U service works with Skype. The patient needs to install Skype and create a Skype account beforehand.
To get Naltrexone through GP2U:
• Go to: www.gp2u.com.au/ • Create a profile and edit to add Medicare details. This will allow billing of the medication directly to Medicare. There is no rebate for the GP visit so that is payable by the patient. • Schedule an appointment with Dr. Freeman If Dr. Freeman is not available, book with another GP. During the visit, you may have to refer to Dr. Freeman for treatment with Naltrexone • When the appointment is due, go to the virtual waiting room and await the GP to appear on the screen. • Ask for treatment with Naltrexone for alcohol use reduction • The prescription is faxed through to the pharmacy
Post by sydneyscot on May 22, 2016 22:28:08 GMT -5
I've been doing a lot of research on this - doctors can prescribe it in Australia for cravings, however for it to be on the PBS subsidised scheme, you need to satisfy the requirement that you are in an alcohol treatment programme and they prescribe it to be taken daily for up to 12 weeks. It's very much positioned as "take this for 3 months to take away cravings, daily, and no drinking".
I thought I'd opt for a private prescription which costs about $130 a script, but at least it means I can get access to it more easily and to be honest I'd have paid anything. I booked for an appointment with a doctor in a medical centre that you could just register for and book online - Hyde Park Medical Centre in the CBD. The doctor there was really nice and happy to help. She didn't know about TSM, but I explained that I wouldn't be taking it every day and asked for a repeat script, she was happy to help.
So it's out there, it's just knowing how to get to it!
Just a quick update for everyone, thanks to this site I have found an excellent specialist who consults via Skype - Dr Andris Kalnins - details are available on here. He's been excellent and is helping with a prescription for Nal ongoing, as part of a treatment program (and hence therefore $38 per script compared to $125 privately). Highly recommend him if you don't mind the initial consultation ($450 of which medicare will give you $260 back) and then $200 for subsequent ones (which Medicare will give you $133 back for). Think he's worth every cent in my book! Massive thank you to C3 for finding him and recommending him!
Hi Not sure when this post started. However as an Australian I have had absolutely no problem getting Naltrexone from my GP. Most are wanting to help and if you are honest about wanting to explore options to stop or reduce your alcohol intake I honestly believe the vast majority would prescribe Naltrexone. I am fortunate to be able to access at a concession rate as I hold a Health Care Card so that helps enormously. Also my Doctor has to ring a number to get authorization for me to get the prescription so I guess I am on a National database of some description as a user of Naltrexone. I feel so fortunate to have come across TSM it's early day's week 7 I think and I am happy to report apart from a big blow out last Friday night it appears to be working very well and has turned me into what some might refer to as a normal drinker?? I'm amazed and happy to be able to enjoy a drink finally and the Socializing that goes with our Aussie lifestyle and not turn into a fall over drunk, what a change it's been for me. I am cautiously optimistic that this is the ONE LITTLE PILL I have always dreamed of.
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