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Pharmacist registration fee increase

The Council has announced an increase in the complaints component of the registration fee for NSW pharmacists for 2019/20. This will ensure the Council can continue its work to regulate the profession in NSW and protect public health and safety. The Pharmacy Board of...

ACTION ON UNSAFE WORKLOADS

We receive over 300 complaints against pharmacists every year. Each complaint is assessed by us and the Health Care Complaints Commission. Responses are usually sought from the responsible pharmacist/s and then we consult with the HCCC to determine what, if any,...

ENSURE YOU’RE ABLE TO DISPENSE THAT SCRIPT!

Authority requirements for certain prescriptions has emerged as a knowledge gap for many pharmacists. Do you know what type of authorities are required for different prescriptions? Prescribing and dispensing: Recently, the Medical Council of NSW undertook interim...

PRESIDENTS MESSAGE

I recently attended a conference for regulators of Health Professionals. One of the keynote presentations really made me stop and think about what I do day to day. The presenter spoke about competence and performance. Competence being what we CAN do and performance...

THINK BEFORE YOU COMPOUND THAT MEDICINE

Last year we saw a large increase in the number of reported complaints relating to the compounding of medicines in pharmacies in NSW. In 2017/2018 there were 42 complaints, which was up from 20 reports in 2016/2017. This also represents a total of 13.5% of the total...

ARE YOU RECORDING THE CORRECT INFORMATION?

When entering a prescription into the dispense system, it has been found that many pharmacists are not entering all the correct and required information. Two important pieces of information not recorded correctly which have repeatedly come to our attention are: The...

CHANGES TO ROUTINE INSPECTION PROCEDURES

To all you pharmacists out there in the wide world of pharmacy, please be advised that routine inspections of Council registered pharmacies carried out by the inspectors of the Pharmacy Council of New South Wales, now include, Checking of appropriate storage of...

Message from the Ministry of Health: Amendment to the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008

Amendment to the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 The Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 has been amended to regulate the following as Type A drugs of addiction: cannabis (when in Schedule 8) tetrahydrocannabinols (when in Schedule 8)...

In the spotlight with… Stuart Ludington

This month, we interview Council President and long-time community pharmacist, Stuart Ludington, who has been a member of the Pharmacy Council since its formation in 2010. How did you first get involved in pharmacy? What’s your background? Growing up, Jim Matthews (...

Complaints: pharmacist workloads

Extreme workloads are often a contributing factor to pharmacist errors occurring and complaints being made. We find that many errors could have been prevented had the pharmacist responsible for the error slowed down and taken a bit more time in their dispensing process...

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