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Australian Journal of Pharmacy : October 2006
s API as companies eligible to participate in the Community Service Obligation (CSO) Funding Pool which was created during negotiations for the Fourth Com- munity Pharmacy Agreement. DHL Exel, which will now distribute all Alphapharm products, has national CSO distributor status while National Pharma- cies is a CSO distributor for South Aus- tralian and Victoria. In successfully gaining CSO distributor status, DHL Exel and National Pharma- cies must demonstrate a capacity and commitment to meet requirements relat- ing to low-volume PBS medicines and deliveries of PBS medicines to rural and remote pharmacies within 12 months. CSO wholesalers finalised D HL Exel and National Pharmacies have joined Sigma, Symbion and An agency will be appointed outside the government which will monitor the per- formance of all wholesalers. DHL Exel and National Pharmacies will be be required to demonstrate that they are meeting their obligations during the 12- month ‘ramp-up’ period or face being cut from the CSO list. All CSO wholesalers must meet the fol- lowing service requirements: • supplying to any community pharm- acy within their CSO jurisdiction (national or state based); • supplying any brand of any PBS medicine on request; • maintaining specified stocks of PBS medicines; • supplying PBS medicines at or below the approved price to pharmacist; • supplying PBS medicines within 24 hours when requested; and • making available a daily delivery service to community pharmacies within their CSO jurisdiction as part of their standard service delivery infra- structure (if a particular community pharmacy does not need a daily delivery service, or does not need all their orders filled within 24 hours, this would not have to occur). The CSO Funding Pool provides indexed funding totalling $149m a year to these wholesalers to ensure timely and efficient delivery of subsidised medicines to community pharmacies. Further infor- mation can be found at www.health. gov.au/internet/wcms/ publishing.nsf/ Content/pharmacy-csofundingpool. ¦