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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...

Pharmacy owners act now: Annual Declarations are overdue

Annual Declarations are now overdue . Reminders have recently been sent to pharmacists who had a financial interest in a pharmacy business between 1 st May 2017 and 30 th April 2018 and have not yet completed an Annual Declaration. If you sold your pharmacy business,...

Exemption from storage requirements for goods requiring refrigeration

A new exemption is now in force exempting the pharmacist in charge of a pharmacy from the storage requirements of clause 73(1) and clause 76 of the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008, where the pharmacy is a hospital pharmacy or a retail pharmacy. This...

Attention Pharmacy Owners - revised lodgement dates for 2018

There has been a trend for pharmacy business structures to become increasingly complex over time. This has led to an increase in the volume and complexity of business and financial documentation provided to the Council in support of an ownership application (new...

Lost, Stolen and Forged Prescriptions

The NSW Ministry of Health will now be publishing the prescriber details of prescriptions reported to have been lost, stolen or forged, on the NSW Ministry of Health website. To report the loss, theft or forgery of prescriptions, pharmacists and authorised...

Owner declarations

Have you submitted your annual declaration yet? Persons holding a financial interest in a NSW pharmacy business must provide the Pharmacy Council of NSW with an annual declaration regarding such interest. 94% of owners have submitted their annual declaration, if you...

Pharmacist vaccination proving to be win/win for everyone. However…

The introduction of pharmacist administered vaccines has proved to be very successful with this service regarded as a winner for all concerned and instrumental in changing perceptions about the role of community pharmacy. A registered pharmacist initiating and...

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