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Frequently asked questions for patients

Your script usually takes a couple of days to approve, as it is not an automatic ‘tick and flick’ style script. Sometimes I need to clarify things further via email with you.

Please don’t email me about updates, unless it has been over 1 week! 

You will be advised via email when the script is approved, and ready for upload to Quitmed online pharmacy.

$40 for a 6 month script, for pharmacy products.

Unfortunately no, the pharmacy script price is set at $40 for all. I have many patients on concession cards, and this cost factors that in. 

No. Currently the $40 prescription is private.

However, I also have a bulk-billed Telehealth service called SmokerHealth teleheatlh. This can provide followup bulk-billed care for smoking-related needs. Things such as regular lung cancer imaging, cholesterol and blood pressure management and scripts, and respiratory conditions can all be managed this way. 

Yes! There is no penalty for individuals using products from overseas. Fines are only for commercial groups trying to import products after March 1. 

As long as you’ve received your product from overseas before March 1, you will NOT be penalized for using it in Australia after this. 

Yes! I have been prescribing these products since 2020, and will continue to do so. 

The only change is that you need to purchase your products via the Australian pharmacy options, rather than from overseas.

Unfortunately due to legislation, I am unable to list particular brands on this site.

But after your script is approved, I will email you a product list. Be assured there is a wide range of well known high quality products avaialble through this pharmacy.  

As a doctor I am not aligned with any particular brand. 

I partner with the Australian online pharmacy ‘QuitMed’. They have a wide range of Australian-standard products, liquids and pods. They post your product anywhere in Australia within 2-3 days. Once you have a script from me, you can create an account with them via this link.

I provide enough supply to cover the average heavy smoker’s needs. The script has a monthly supply (plus 5 repeats), giving 6 months’ supply total.

I legally can’t give specifics here, but be assured your needs will be covered to keep you smoke-free no matter your circumstances. 

Absolutely! Australian therapeutic smoking-cessation products adhere to strict quality control, via the Australian safety standard ‘TGO110’. 

This ensures your product has a known nicotine level, is produced only in approved facilities, and is free from contaminants. If any batch issues do occur for some reason, the product can be recalled and is fully traceable to the original manufacturer. 

If it is going into your lungs, then don’t even consider blackmarket vapes. You don’t know who makes them, there is no official quality control, and no management of contaminants. 

Currently the limit for liquid (for open systems) is 100mg/ml. This may be decreased to 50mg/ml by the end of 2024, but this is not yet confirmed. 

For pre-filled pods (or ‘closed pods’), you can get up to 50mg/ml. This is adequate for the average heavy smoker’s needs. This may be further reduced to 20mg/ml later in 2024, but again this is not yet confirmed.

From March 1, the main available flavours will be limited to tobacco, menthol and mint (or unflavoured). Different brands have variations of these, so you should find something that suits you.

At this stage, other flavours such as various fruits WILL be available on prescription, but this depends on stock availability.

This will all become more clear by the end of 2024.