NDSS product changes from 1 December 2018

More than 600,000 people with diabetes are set to benefit from cheaper access to products under changes to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).

From 1 December 2018 the cost of items listed on the NDSS such as blood glucose test strips (BGTS), urine test strips and insulin syringes will be reduced. Some people with diabetes who use these products will save up to $126.50 per year. More information about the cost savings can be found here.

Some existing brands of blood glucose test strips and insulin syringes will no longer be available. You can read about which products are changing here.

There will be a transition period, from 1 December 2018 to 28 February 2019. During the transition period, you may be able to purchase existing brands that are being removed from the list of products available through the NDSS. You 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. If you require assistance in changing brands, you may wish to consult your healthcare team for assistance.

People with diabetes registered on the NDSS will be eligible to receive a free blood glucose meter associated with your preferred new brand of blood glucose test strips. With respect to the new blood glucose meters, people are encouraged to discuss the most suitable options with their health care professional.

More information can be found in these Frequently Asked Questions or you can call the NDSS Helpline on 1300 136 588

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