New updates on Alprazolam

New updates on Alprazolam

In response to the increasing illicit use of alprazolam and evidence of alprazolam dependence, alprazolam is to be up-scheduled from Schedule 4 to Schedule 8 of the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons on 1 February 2014.

Alprazolam will become a Schedule 8 drug (drug of addiction) in the NSW Poisons List as of 1 February 2014. The up-scheduling of alprazolam to Schedule 8 will apply to all forms and preparations of alprazolam, also known under trade names Xanax and Alprax.

As for any other Schedule 8 drugs, a medical practitioner will need to apply for a NSW Ministry of Health authority to prescribe alprazolam to a drug dependent patient prior to prescribing or if treatment is continuous for greater than 2 months.

For more information please see TG212 Requirements for an Authority to Prescribe Drugs of Addiction under Section 28 of the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act available here.