Monthly medicinal cannabis prescriptions through the Special Access Scheme broke 6,000 for the first time in September, latest figures have shown.

A total of 6,206 prescriptions were written in the month, a rise of nearly 18% on the August figure of 5,270 and up 113% on September 2019.

Special Access Scheme prescriptions over the past 12 months

It brings the year-to-date number of SAS-B prescriptions to just under 40,000 according to data published by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

The number of Authorised Prescribers jumped from 103 to 115.