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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...

Spring newsletter 2019

Message from the President Welcome, introductions and important updates Welcome to the Council’s first newsletter in our new newsletter format and my first as President of the Pharmacy Council. I was honoured to take over the reins as President in April of this year,...

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...

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