What is a Repeat Prescription?
A repeat prescription is when your doctor prescribes you the same medication on an ongoing basis and is often for a long-term or chronic condition. A doctor will prescribe a certain number of repeats for a medication and the patient is then only required to follow up with the doctor regarding the condition once the repeats have been fully utilised or have all been dispensed by a pharmacist.
Prescriptions are required for a range of medications because they are considered to be potentially harmful if not used correctly, under the supervision of a licensed health care practitioner.
Can I get a repeat prescription without seeing a doctor?
There are a few options to get a repeat prescription, all of which include a doctor.
- Visit your local GP clinic and speak to a doctor in person;
- Have a home doctor visit you (usually only afterhours); or
- Register online with the Doctors on Demand online prescription service.
Doctors on Demand’s online prescription service is called QuickScript and allows you to obtain a repeat prescription without a live doctor’s consultation. And there is no need to wait in a doctor’s waiting room to see a doctor just for your regular prescription. Over 300 medications are available through the QuickScript online prescription service that cater for 17 different conditions including contraception, menopause, diabetes, cholesterol, asthma and osteoporosis.
Simply answer some quick questions about your condition, and one of our experienced doctors will review your assessment. In most instances, we can send you an electronic prescription* to your mobile as an SMS (if you are a Medicare card holder), arrange for convenient next day delivery of your medication, or we can send your scripts to your local pharmacy of your choice within 1 hour (between 8 am and 6 pm seven days a week AEST).
For more information or to check if your regular medication is available through our QuickScript service view our online prescriptions page.