(1) An approved pharmacist may, at or from premises in respect of which the pharmacist is for the time being approved, supply a pharmaceutical benefit without a prescription for that supply if:
(a) the pharmaceutical benefit is covered by an instrument made under subsection (3); and
(b) the supply is made in accordance with conditions that are specified in an instrument made under subsection (3).
(2) If an approved pharmacist makes a supply in accordance with subsection (1), then this Act (other than paragraph 89(a)) applies in relation to the supply as if:
(a) a person had presented the pharmacist with a prescription that:
(i) had been written by a PBS prescriber in accordance with this Act and the regulations; and
(ii) did not contain a medicare number; and
(b) a reference in this Part to a prescription for the supply of a pharmaceutical benefit to a person who is a holder of a concession card or an entitlement card included a reference to a supply made in accordance with subsection (1) to a person who is a holder of a concession card or an entitlement card on the day of the supply; and
(c) the following provisions were omitted:
(i) subsection 84(2A) and paragraph 84(10)(a);
(ii) section 84AA;
(iii) subparagraph 86B(3)(b)(i) and paragraph 86B(4)(e);
(iv) paragraphs 86C(3)(c) and (6)(e);
(v) paragraph 92A(1)(ca); and
(d) the words ", in accordance with section 84AA," in the definitions of concessional benefit prescription , concession card prescription and entitlement card prescription in subsection 84(1) were omitted.
(3) The Minister may, by legislative instrument, determine:
(a) the pharmaceutical benefits that may be supplied by an approved pharmacist without a prescription; and
(b) the conditions that must be satisfied when making a supply of those pharmaceutical benefits.
(4) The Minister must publish statistics annually for each pharmaceutical item supplied under subsection (1).
(5) The Minister must:
(a) cause a written report to be prepared of a review of this section no more than two years from the commencement of the section; and
(b) cause a copy of the report to be laid before each House of the Parliament within six months of the commencement of the review.