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Going away or shutting up/down (English is a great language when “up” equals “down”)

A message from your inspectors: On rare occasions, the situation arises where a pharmacist, usually in a one-person business, suffers a sickness or accident or a pressing incident arises or perhaps requires a break or holiday. They need to be away from their pharmacy...

To the Proprietor – do you know your responsibilities?

The Pharmacy Council continues to receive complaints that involve a lack of oversight by proprietor pharmacists. The Pharmacy Board of Australia (PBA) Guidelines for proprietor pharmacists provides clear guidance for proprietors in relation to their roles and...

Shopping for fentanyl

Doctor shopping, or the practice by patients of seeking prescriptions from multiple prescribers and presenting them at multiple pharmacies, has long been an area where pharmacists have needed to be extremely vigilant. It has come to the notice of the Pharmacy Council...

NCAT Decision – Pharmacist ZXY

Pharmacist ZXY was found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal on 6 September 2021. The practitioner’s registration was cancelled and an order made that an application for review of this...

COVID-19 and vaccines: Get the best advice for you and your family

You need reliable, evidence-based information to be able to make good choices about your healthcare. But in a climate thick with commentary about COVID-19 and vaccines, how do you sort fact from fiction? A joint statement from Ahpra and the National Boards, the Health...

Publications required in pharmacies in NSW

The Health Practitioner Regulation (New South Wales) Regulation 2016 adopts, in Schedule 5 (for pharmacy premises) and Schedule 6 (for professional services room premises) of the regulation, the latest editions , and all published amendments or supplements to those...

Applying the poisons legislation – practical tips

This article covers the practicalities surrounding the supply of Schedule 3 medications . Where to find critical information There are a few different sources of information which pharmacists need to be aware of in order to ensure they are fulfilling their...

Complaints to Council - Compounding of eye drops

Over the last months, the Council has received an increasing number of complaints relating to the compounding of eye drops in community pharmacies. Two examples are highlighted here: Case 1 A patient submitted a complaint to Ahpra complaining of blurred vision, dilated...

Introducing Rick Samimi – new Council member

In February, the Council welcomed Rick Samimi as a pharmacist practitioner member of the Council. Rick is a graduate of the University of Sydney and has been a registered pharmacist since 1991. He has completed a Master of Commerce (UNSW) and a Graduate Diploma in...

Tough love – mandatory notifications

Health practitioners are traditionally reluctant to make mandatory notifications for various reasons. These include a fear of becoming a part of a drawn out legal process or a perception that they are ‘dobbing in’ their peers or fellow health practitioners. It can be a...

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