Newsletter

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...

Message from the President – pharmacist suspensions, compounding FAQs on raw materials and the upcoming Council election

It’s been a busy time for the Pharmacy Council. The last few months have seen a concerning upward trend in serious complaints being raised. These complaints often require the Council’s immediate attention and at times result in the suspension of a pharmacist’s...

Education and research grants funding – applications open

The Council operates an education and research grants funding program with two rounds of funding offered each year. Applications for the end of year round of Education and Research Grants funding are now open, with applications accepted up until the closing date, 1...

Always ask!

‘Please could I have the original brand?’ ‘Of course Madam…you’ll just have to wait three days for us to get it in.’ ‘But I rang last week and you said it would be here and I’m right out of tablets.’ ‘Perhaps just this time we’ll give you a generic brand and I’ll make...

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, a perception that they are dobbing in their peers, or breaking the trust of their patient. It can...

Having that difficult conversation

The Council is concerned that some pharmacists are putting the public at risk through an unwillingness to challenge a prescriber when they see a prescription that is inappropriate, unclear or not understood. The Council has dealt with a number of such complaints and...

Requirement to disclose criminal history

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal recently considered a case where a pharmacist failed to advise the Pharmacy Board of Australia that he had been charged with offences punishable by 12 months imprisonment or more, within seven days of being charged by the NSW...

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