3 June 2022
NPSA is the peak body representing the CSO medicine wholesalers with a dedicated health logistics network supplying all PBS medicines into more than 5,500 pharmacies across Australia.
Our members are proud of our service reliably distributing more than 2 million medicines and pharmacy products each day, however the NPSA network traditionally is utilised for only a small portion of the annual flu vaccine rollout – the private market component servicing pre-orders placed by community pharmacy.
To protect consumers and meet a surge in seasonal flu cases, state governments have announced they will provide free flu vaccines throughout the month of June.
It is important to understand that NPSA members- the CSO wholesalers – have not been engaged to fulfil orders and distribute these free vaccines into pharmacy as this stock is held by the states which have separate contractual arrangements with third party logistics providers.
The NPSA has offered to assist and we are keen to support all governments to streamline vaccine distribution into the community and help protect the health of Australians.