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PRESIDENTS MESSAGE

I recently attended a conference for regulators of Health Professionals. One of the keynote presentations really made me stop and think about what I do day to day. The presenter spoke about competence and performance. Competence being what we CAN do and performance...

THINK BEFORE YOU COMPOUND THAT MEDICINE

Last year we saw a large increase in the number of reported complaints relating to the compounding of medicines in pharmacies in NSW. In 2017/2018 there were 42 complaints, which was up from 20 reports in 2016/2017. This also represents a total of 13.5% of the total...

ARE YOU RECORDING THE CORRECT INFORMATION?

When entering a prescription into the dispense system, it has been found that many pharmacists are not entering all the correct and required information. Two important pieces of information not recorded correctly which have repeatedly come to our attention are: The...

CHANGES TO ROUTINE INSPECTION PROCEDURES

To all you pharmacists out there in the wide world of pharmacy, please be advised that routine inspections of Council registered pharmacies carried out by the inspectors of the Pharmacy Council of New South Wales, now include, Checking of appropriate storage of...

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...

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