Access to skin prick testing reagents

Skin prick testing is the primary mode of testing for immediate IgE-mediated allergy. This testing is widely practised, carries very low risk of side effects to patients and provides high quality information when performed optimally and interpreted correctly. 

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Suppliers | Availability | TGA applications | Further information

Suppliers 

Stallergenes Greer
Suppliers of Stallergenes Greer, Hollister Stier, Albey and Hymenoptera products
PO Box 281 Mona Vale NSW  Australia
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Phone: 1800 824 166 (AU)
AMSL Allergy
Suppliers of Inmunotek and ALK products
2 McCabe Place Chatswood NSW Australia
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Phone: 02 9882 3666 (AU) 
Gamma Allergy  
Suppliers of Gamma Allergy products
Suite 15, 3108 Surfers Paradise Blvd Surfers Paradise QLD Australia
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Phone: 1300 881 405 (AU) 
Ferrer Pharma Pty Ltd 

Suppliers of Lofarma, Diater (including antibiotic and venom allergens) and Chemotechnique patch test products
4 Pinehurst Ave Rouse Hill NSW Australia
www.ferrerpharma.com.au 
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Phone: 1300 022 789 (AU)

Availability

Due to supply issues since 2008, it is necessary for medical practitioners in Australia to use skin testing products that are not registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

This requires either endorsement as a TGA Authorised Prescriber or a Special Access Scheme (SAS) C application, as detailed below.

TGA Authorised Prescriber and SAS C applications

A. Section 19(5): Obtain "Authorised Prescriber status" by endorsement from a medical college - ASCIA has obtained endorsement letters for Full (Ordinary) ASCIA members who are fellows of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) and/or Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) to enable access to unregistered skin testing products. For details go to www.tga.gov.au/form/authorised-prescribers

B. Section 19(5): Obtain "Authorised Prescriber status" by endorsement by an ethics committee - ASCIA members who work in hospitals and/or universities with access to a human research ethics committee (HREC) can obtain endorsement from an HREC to enable access to unregistered skin testing products. For details go to www.tga.gov.au/form/authorised-prescribers

C. Special Access Scheme (SAS) Category C: This is a notification pathway which allows health practitioners to supply goods that are deemed to have an established history of use without first seeking prior approval. The goods deemed to have an established history of use are specified in a list along with their indications and the type of health practitioner authorised to supply these products for the respective indications. For details go to www.tga.gov.au/form/special-access-scheme 

Patient consent should be obtained when using unregistered skin testing products. Completed forms are for your record only and do not need to be sent to the TGA.

Further information

 

Content updated August 2018

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