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    Default prescription formula

    It is a long story......After 6 months of battling with DS stomach issue with different specialists visit, we have finally settled on lactose free formula. He was on Nan LI for nearly a month in the past but since paed thought it is secondary, we tried several other formula including allerpro and HA. That didn't turn out very well. After trying few more formulas, we went back to lactose free (aptamil this time) and it is working so paed just wants us to stick with it until he turns 1.

    Since aptamil de lact is quite hard to get and DS goes through the tin quickly, the pharmacist suggested us to get a script. This will save us some money and can buy in bulk. Can GP prescribe it or we have to go back to the paed?
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    I can't recall if a paed needs to or if a gp can, but having a script won't make it any easier to source. It will just save you money.

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    My son was on a prescription formula as a bub and only the paed could write the script. We had to buy in bulk, so 8 tins at a time but I found that better anyway. Then you didn't have to go searching store to store if they had run out etc. and it was cheaper!

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    Can your chemist not just order it in for you?

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    Paed. And it won't be easier to source with a script.

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    Thanks. I won't bother to see a GP then.

    The chemist says that Aptamil can only give them 6 tins at a time. if they give me all, they will have nothing on the shelf. Wollies is a lot more expensive per tin, though. I always have to run around to stock up any specialty formula from aptamil. They have been very helpful when i phone them to locate the stock.

    OK, i will phone the paed office on Monday. I hope they can help. After spending a heap to see a gastroenterologist and a new paed and throwing out so many half used tins, if it will save me some money that will be useful.

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    As annoying as it is can you order 1 tin from various pharmacies. Annoying but at least you may have a better chance of not running out.

    Also, are you able to buy online?

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    I work in pharmacy and order direct through Nutricia. We can have 6 cartons on order and only receive 2 tins at times.

    I *think* that if the initial authority script is done by a paed or gastroenterologist that a gp may be able to apply for further scripts. Generally you get 8 tins per dispensing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kit84 View Post
    My son was on a prescription formula as a bub and only the paed could write the script. We had to buy in bulk, so 8 tins at a time but I found that better anyway. Then you didn't have to go searching store to store if they had run out etc. and it was cheaper!
    We had the same - we were on ALFARE and only the paedtrician could write the script but even that took a while because he needed to get in touch with 'Canberra' for approval
    It worked out to $5 a tin which is saving us heaps $$$

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cevapa View Post
    We had the same - we were on ALFARE and only the paedtrician could write the script but even that took a while because he needed to get in touch with 'Canberra' for approval
    It worked out to $5 a tin which is saving us heaps $$$
    The Medicare/PBS department that approves such scripts is located in Canberra.

    If you have a Healthcare card OP you'll get it for $6.20 for the whole dispensing not per tin.


 

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