Before You Visit
Please bring the following to your first appointment at arthritisCARE:
- A copy of your referral from your GP or referring specialist.
- Please download and fill in the Patient History Form below and bring it with you at the appointment.
- Any previous lab and/or radiographic x-ray/ultrasound/MRI tests results for your Rheumatologist to review. (Medical records are typically sent electronically to us by your referring GP or specialist, but occasionally, despite best intentions, they do not arrive in time for your appointment.)
- An up-to-date medication list with the specific dosages you are taking.
- It also helps to have a list of medications you have already tried to reduce duplication of prior treatments.
- A list of allergies to medications
- Your family medical history, including any known relatives with rheumatologic/autoimmune disease
The development of the Medicine Information Sheets has been a collaborative effort between many members of the ARA in consultation with Arthritis Australia and Communicating for Health, Victoria. Major credits must go to the past and present members of the ARA Therapeutics Committee for their efforts in delivering these most useful sheets to us. They have recently been extensively revised using feedback from patients focus groups and new information. We would welcome any feedback on the sheets and where they could be improved for future updates. Comments can be forwarded to the ARA Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Abatacept (Brand name: Orencia) updated February 2016
- Adalimumab (Brand name: Humira) updated February 2016
- Allopurinol (Brand names: Allohexal, Allosig, Progout, Zyloprim) updated February 2016
- Ambrisentan (Brand name: Volibris) updated February 2016
- Anakinra (Brand name: Kineret) updated February 2016
- Apremilast (Brand name: Otezla®) updated October 2015
- Azathioprine (Brand names: Azamun, Azapin, Imuran, Thioprine) updated November 2016
- Bisphosphonates (Intravenous/IV) (Brand names: Aclasta, Aredia) updated July 2017
- Bisphosphonates (oral) (Brand names: Adronat, Alendrobell, Alendro, Fosamax, Ossmax, Acris, Actonel, Actonel Combi, Actonel, Risedro) updated August 2012
- Bosentan (Brand name: Tracleer®) updated November 2016
- Certolizumab (Brand name: Cimzia) updated March 2014
- Colchicine (Brand names: Colgout, Lengout) updated October 2016
- Cyclophosphamide (Brand names: Cyclonex® Endoxan®) updated November 2016
- Cyclosporin (Brand names: Cicloral, Neoral, Sandimmun) updated July 2017
- Denosumab (Brand name: Prolia) updated July 2017
- D-Penicillamine (Brand name: D-Penamine) updated February 2017
- Febuxostat (Brand name: Adenuric) updated September 2015
- Etanercept (Brand name: Enbrel) updated July 2017
- Gold (Brand names: Myocrisin, Ridaura) updated July 2017
- Golimumab (Brand name: Simponi) updated February 2016
- Hyaluronic Acid (Brand names: Synvisc, Orthoartz) updated May 2016
- Hydroxychloroquine (Brand name: Plaquenil) updated April 2016
- Infliximab (Brand name: Remicade) updated July 2017
- IV Immunuglobulin (Brand names: Intragam P®, Flebogamma®, Privigen®, Intratect®, Octagam®, Kiovig®, Gamunex®) updated July 2016
- Leflunomide (Brand names: Arabloc, Arava, Lunava) updated October 2016
- Methotrexate (Brand name: Methoblastin) updated April 2017
- Self-injecting Methotrexate for the treatment of arthritis (Brand names: Hospira, Methacord, Methotrexate Accord) updated October 2017
- Mycophenolate (Brand names: CellCept, Imulate, Ceptolate, Myfortic) updated February 2016
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) (Brand names: Nurofen, Brufen, Mobic, Celebrex, Naprosyn, Orudis, Arcoxia, Voltaren) updated February 2017
- Paracetamol (Brand names: Dymadon, Febridol, Panadol, Panamax, Paralgin, Panadol Osteo) updated February 2016
- Prednisolone and Prednisone (Brand names: Panafcort, Panafcortelone, Predsone, Predsolone, Solone, Sone) updated February 2016
- Probenecid (Brand name: Pro-Cid) updated February 2016
- Raloxifene (Brand name: Evista) updated April 2020
- Rituximab (Brand name: Mabthera) updated April 2016
- Secukinumab (Brand name: Cosentyx®) updated November 2016
- Strontium (Brand name: Protos®) updated February 2016
- Sulfasalazine (Brand names: Pyralin EN, Salazopyrin, Salazopyrin EN) updated April 2016
- Teriparatide (Brand name: Forteo®) updated February 2016
- Tocilizumab (Brand name: Actemra) updated February 2017
- Tofacitinib (Brand name: Xeljanz®) updated May 2016
- Ustekinumab (Brand name: Stelara) updated October 2015
Under best practice guidelines and in-house policies and procedures we do not provide scripts over the phone or via email requests. If you require a script urgently, please contact our rooms to arrange the first available telehealth appointment for your convenience. If you require a biologic script these can only be done onsite or via Skype. Please see below instructions relating to the specific requirements for a biologic prescription.
Biological Treatment Rules as per HIC
Please take note that prescriptions for biologics are NOT that same as being prescribed regular medications. These prescriptions cost up to $20,000 per year. If you feel you cannot follow the guidelines, as listed below, please notify the Doctor and you will be placed back onto oral medications.
It is imperative that you take responsibility for maintaining regular blood tests and making appropriately time appointments with the Rheumatologist.
1. Initial script is for a 16 week (make sure you keep the prescriptions with you).
Patient must have blood tests performed and be reviewed after three months of treatment and before the last script runs out. You must be seen by the prescribing doctor for assessment around the time you pick up your last repeat.
*PLAN TO DO BLOOD TEST & HAVE APPOINTMENT TO SEE DOCTOR APPROXIMATELY THE WEEK YOU PICK UP YOUR LAST REPEAT (about week 13). Scripts cannot be issued until bloods and assessment is performed. The HIC no longer permit faced requests or over the phone requests for prescriptions.
2. Subsequent script is for 24 weeks (make sure you keep the prescription with you).
*PLAN TO DO BLOOD TEST & HAVE APPOINTMENT TO SEE DOCTOR APPROXIMATELY THE WEEK YOU PICK UP YOUR LAST REPEAT (about week 20). Scripts cannot be issued until bloods and assessment is performed. The HIC no longer permit faced requests or over the phone requests for prescriptions.
3. Delay injections for infusions if you have any infections, fevers, flu, etc, and get on antibiotics ASAP.
WE CANNOT DO OVER THE PHONE SCRIPTS – this is against the law and the penalty is a fine of $20,000. If you lose the script, a new application has to be made to HIC.
We will keep an eye on your appointment requirements following your initial application. Indeed, some patients have specific requirements for their individual needs that bypass regular treatment standards. If you have any queries and concerns regarding your appointment requirements for biologic applications, please speak to our onsite manager.