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.
Suppliers of skin prick testing (and allergen immunotherapy) products
Since mid-February 2016, a range of Greer Skin Prick Test reagents is available, that are authorised for distribution in Australia under section 19A of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989, which means that no Authorised Prescriber status is required to order them. They are supplied as 5 mL vials by Stallergenes Greer in the USA and are exclusively distributed in Australia by the EBOS Group Pty Ltd for Stallergenes Australia Pty Ltd trading as Stallergenes Greer.
Since 2008 some Hollister Stier allergen extracts for skin prick testing that were registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for use in Australia have been discontinued and are therefore no longer available. Other Hollister Stier allergen extracts for skin prick testing that are still available and are registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) can be ordered by medical practitioners without having to gain endorsement as an authorised prescriber.
Since 2008 it has been necessary for medical practitioners to use other products for food allergy testing that are not currently TGA registered. This requires endorsement as an authorised prescriber (please refer to information below). Patient consent needs to be obtained before use of these products. The following template may be adapted for this purpose:
Authorised Prescriber applications
Medical practitioners can access unregistered products using the following options:
(1) Section 19(5): Obtain "Authorised Prescriber status" by endorsement from a medical college. ASCIA has obtained this on behalf of its Full (ordinary) members who are fellows of the Royal Australasia College of Physicians (RACP) for Stallergenes-Alyostal, ALK-Abello and Diater DAP skin prick testing reagents.
(2) Section 19(5): Obtain "Authorised Prescriber status" by endorsement by an ethics committee (possible for some but not all ASCIA members who work outside hospitals/universities). This can be used to access Stallergenes-Alyostal, ALK-Abello, Diater DAP, Inmunotek and Western Allergy skin prick testing products.
Further information about the TGA Authorised Prescriber scheme is
available on the TGA website: www.tga.gov.au/form/authorised-prescribers
Further information about skin prick testing is available on the ASCIA website: www.allergy.org.au/health-professionals/papers/skin-prick-testing
Content updated March 2016