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Prosecution of pharmacy owner

Pharmacists are the gatekeepers of pharmacy services and play a very specific and important role in the proper and appropriate supply of restricted substances from pharmacies. To support this position, legislation in Australia restricts the ownership of pharmacy...

Call for Expressions of Interest

Vacancies: 1 Practitioner member - involved in education of the profession 1 Practitioner member - hospital pharmacist 2 Community members 1 Australian Lawyer [1] Contact: Sharlene Wiebenga Phone: 9219 0273 Email: hpca-ps-appointments@health.nsw.gov.au Website: www...

OTP quiz

In our August 2020 edition of Council News we presented a case study on the Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) pitfalls and consequences; and asked could this happen in your pharmacy? The case study is available here . For those who attempted the quiz - below are the...

BEWARE – SCAMS TO OBTAIN SCHEDULE 8 DRUGS VIA TELEPHONED ORDERS

The NSW Ministry of Health has received several confirmed reports of pharmacists being targeted to obtain Schedule 8 drugs fraudulently.

Changes to ownership application approvals process

Early in 2020 there will be a number of significant changes to the pharmacy ownership approval process. Lodgement dates: There will no longer be lodgement dates for receipt of applications. This means that complete and compliant applications will be assessed and...

Recent Prosecutions - Reminders to Pharmacists

Readers may be aware of the outcome of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency’s (AHPRA’s) prosecutions of individuals who were working as pharmacists whilst unregistered and the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC’s) prosecution of a pharmacist...

Message from the Ministry of Health - Forged prescriptions

Fentanyl patches and oxycodone tablets together make up more than 50% of forgeries reported in the last 12 months, with benzodiazepines coming in next, such as alprazolam making up 9%. When dispensing a prescription for a Schedule 8 medicine, a pharmacist must verify...

Do you compound for other pharmacies?

Are you a compounding pharmacy who compounds for other stores in your banner group? Or provide compounded medication to other colleagues who do not offer a compounding service at their store but provide a “referral “service? Both compounding pharmacists and “referral”...

President's Message

As we come into the traditional busy season in pharmacy, the Council has also continued to remain busy with an ever increasing number of notifications. We have noticed a number of complaints recently that highlight customers’ perceptions and expectations of...

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