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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...

News from the Council: Council election results

The Council congratulates the five local pharmacists who were successful in the recent Council election. Terms of office commence on 1 April 2019. The successful pharmacists are: Erica SAINSBURY Paul SINCLAIR Mike ANDERSON Marina HOLT Majella HILL The election process...

Message from the President – Election of Council members and reflections on 2018

Firstly, I’d like to congratulate Mike Anderson and Paul Sinclair on their re-election to the Council and newly elected members Majella Hill, Marina Holt and Erica Sainsbury who will commence their terms on 1 April 2019. As another year draws to an end I’ve had the...

Message from the Ministry of Health – Pharmacy Incentive Scheme changes

Pharmacists claiming payments under the NSW Pharmacy Incentive Scheme no longer need to submit a monthly form to the Ministry of Health’s Pharmaceutical Regulatory Unit. The Pharmacy Guild of Australia (NSW Branch) has developed a new claim form to simplify the process...

In the spotlight with… Adrian Lee

This article is the first in a series where we get to know our Council members. This month, we feature an interview with Adrian Lee, elected local pharmacist member and Deputy President, who was appointed to the Council in 2010. How did you first get involved with the...

Section 150 hearings – a short hop to suspension

As highlighted in the President’s message, the past few months have seen a concerning upward trend in the number of complaints coming to Council’s attention which are serious enough to warrant immediate action by way of a Section 150 hearing. Possible outcomes of...

From the inspectors

Council inspectors have advised that, although it was released in February 2018, about 50% of routine pharmacy inspections have shown the pharmacy to be non-compliant in so far as the Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook 24 th Edition is concerned. Other...

Pharmacy Council of NSW election of members

The call for nominations for election to the Pharmacy Council is now open. The Election Notice may be accessed here . The Pharmacy Council is made up of 10 members, 5 of whom are pharmacists with a NSW principal place of practice who are elected by NSW pharmacists...

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