Insights Categories: Compliance

Dec 7, 2017

INSIGHT: Medical Board reforms for older medical practitioners and those the subject of multiple complaints

The Medical Board of Australia has announced the implementation of a new Professional Performance Framework that will apply to registered medical practitioners in Australia. The Board proposes to introduce performance processes for practitioners with a record of multiple substantiated complaints against their registration, as well as for practitioners over 70 years of age. Australia does […]

Aug 23, 2017

INSIGHT: A reminder for pharmacists: exercise caution when dispensing Schedule 3 Poisons

The case scenario: A complaint was made to the Pharmacy Board of Australia (‘Board’) that a pharmacist provided an excessive quantity of Restavit, a Schedule 3 poison, and for a duration for which there was no established therapeutic need. The pharmacist explained to the Board that he had supplied the drug as he believed it was […]

Mar 20, 2017

INSIGHT: Dental insights: Is your radiology equipment registered and your radiology licence up-to-date?

The use and licensing of radiology equipment in South Australia is controlled and managed by the South Australia Environment Protection Authority (EPA), which administers the Radiation Protection and Control Act 1982 and the Radiation Protection and Control (Ionising Radiation) Regulations 2015. The EPA’s Radiation Protection Branch deals with radiology equipment within healthcare, which includes regulating […]

Feb 23, 2017

INSIGHT: Real-time prescription monitoring: what does it mean for health practitioners?

Since at least 2012 there has been an increasing push in Australia for the implementation of a national real-time prescription monitoring system that alerts doctors and pharmacists to people who are misusing prescription drugs. More than 20 Coronial Inquests in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia alone have recommended a real-time prescription monitoring system […]

Mar 10, 2016

INSIGHT: Pharmacy location rules: Who are ‘persons aggrieved’ by new approvals?

Meridian Lawyers acts for pharmacists in applications for new approvals to supply pharmaceutical benefits (PBS) under section 90 of the National Health Act 1953 (Cth) (Act). We also advise and represent pharmacists in opposing applications for new approvals, whether by way of judicial review by the Court, or merits reviews by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. […]

Mar 10, 2016

INSIGHT: Online pharmacy retailer pays $32,400 for misleading product pricing

Late last year, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued three infringement notices to an online pharmacy retailer totalling $32,400 for representing to consumers that there were savings on recommended retail prices. Facts The retailer represented that, by purchasing a range of white label products online through the retailer’s website, consumers would save a […]

Feb 29, 2016

INSIGHT: The changing state of play: The natural evolution of the professional regulation of pharmacy

The revised suite of Guidelines issued by the Pharmacy Board of Australia (National Board) came into force on 7 December 2015. It is important that employee and locum pharmacists are aware of the revised Guidelines for Proprietor Pharmacists. The reason for this is twofold: first, it is important to have a working knowledge of how the […]

Feb 17, 2016

INSIGHT: Storage and prescribing of medication in the dental surgery

A dental scenario: A dental assistant, at the dentist’s direction, supplied an anxious patient with Serepax (oxazepam) prior to surgical extraction of a tooth. An entry was made in the electronic records that Serapax had been given including details of date and time the medication was provided. However, the dental assistant who entered the notes […]

Jan 22, 2016

INSIGHT: Fast-tracked orthodontic treatments give rise to informed consent and scope of practice issues

Dental scenario: A patient raised concerns about his smile during a routine consultation with his general dentist. He wanted to improve the alignment of his front teeth and to have his upper central incisors moved inwards. He had seen advertising regarding some proprietary fast-tracked orthodontic treatments and enquired about options. The practitioner discussed the option […]

Oct 16, 2015

INSIGHT: Schedule 8 medications: A disturbing trend in storage and record keeping

The Victoria Pharmacy Authority (VPA) has revealed that …a disturbing number of pharmacists continue to ignore requirements for secure storage and maintenance of accurate records for Schedule 8 poisons. At its August meeting the Authority reaffirmed its prior decision to convene Panel Hearings following cases of alleged serious breaches of Schedule 8 poisons legislation (VPA […]

Sep 23, 2015

INSIGHT: A reminder of what is notifiable conduct, and the consequences of failing to notify

On 4 February 2015 the ACT Civil & Administrative Tribunal found a medical practitioner had breached section 141 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (ACT) by failing to notify the Medical Board of Australia of Notifiable Conduct of another practitioner. The following facts were agreed: Dr A, a medical practitioner, owned a clinic and […]

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