Changes to some NDSS products from 1 December 2018

Updated 9 November 2018

Reduced NDSS Co-payments

Some NDSS products will become more affordable for many people with diabetes from 1 December 2018

The cost of a number of NDSS products will either remain the same or reduce:

  • Blood glucose test strips and urine test strips:
    • cost to the registrant is reduced for all people without a concession card
    • cost to the registrant is reduced for most people with a concession card
  • Insulin pump infusion sets and reservoirs:
    • no cost changes to the registrant for people without a concession card
    • cost to the registrant is reduced for all people with a concession card
  • Insulin syringes and pen needles:
    • no change
    • co-payments for insulin syringes will continue to be subsidised by State or Territory Governments.

Read more about the reduced NDSS co-payments.

Changes to NDSS products

Some changes will also be made to certain insulin syringes and some blood glucose test strips on the list of products available through the NDSS.

Most people with diabetes registered with the NDSS will not be affected by the product changes.

The changes include:

  • Several new brands of blood glucose test strips and insulin syringes will be added.
  • Some existing brands of blood glucose test strips and insulin syringes will be removed. People with diabetes who are affected will still be able to access the same types of subsidised products they need, but some brands of products will change. If someone’s usual brand is no longer subsidised through the NDSS, they can access a clinically equivalent NDSS product.
  • There will be no changes to urine ketone test strips, insulin pump consumables & continuous glucose monitoring products.

To see if a product is changing, please see the Fact sheet for people with diabetes.

There is a transition period, from 1 December 2018 to 28 February 2019.

During the transition period, your patients may be able to purchase existing brands that are being removed from the list of products available through the NDSS. They will only be able to purchase these brands while existing community pharmacies stock is available. It is likely that available stock may reduce over the transition period as pharmacies sell their available stock. Your patients may seek your advice about changing brands of blood glucose test strips as well as insulin syringes if applicable.

Additionally, your patients will be eligible to receive a free blood glucose meter, if necessary. To find out which meters are suitable for the blood glucose test strips subsidised through the NDSS, click here.

You can find more information about the changes in the following fact sheets, FAQs and communication:

We are here to help. Please call the NDSS Helpline on 1300 136 588 for more information. You can also refer your patients to the NDSS Helpline or the NDSS website at ndss.com.au.

To view the changes announced on the Department of Health’s website, click here.

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