Insights Sectors: Pharmacy

Jan 30, 2019

INSIGHT: How can you tell if you have been given a forged prescription and what to do if you have

Pharmacists are expected to take reasonable steps to satisfy themselves that a prescription has been issued by an authorised prescriber. Prescriptions for Schedule 4 and Schedule 8 medicines subject to abuse, such as such benzodiazepines and opioids, are most likely to be forged. However pharmacists should also consider other medications such as anabolic steroids which […]

Nov 13, 2018

INSIGHT: What are pharmacists’ obligations when supplying pseudoephedrine?

Pseudoephedrine (‘PSE’) is indicated for the relief of congestion associated with conditions such as rhinitis, sinusitis and the common cold.[1] However, in recent decades, it has been targeted for non-therapeutic purposes, such as for the manufacture of illicit drugs. Meridian Lawyers has recently assisted pharmacists to respond to notifications that were referred to the Australian […]

Jul 24, 2018

INSIGHT: Medication Misadventure – Methotrexate: A reminder to pharmacists to exercise independent judgment about the safety of a prescribed medicine.

This article was originally published as a PDL Practice Alert. It was written by Scott Ames, Principal and PDL Professional Officers, John Guy and Gary West. A recent inquest into the death of an elderly patient in Victoria [1] has put a spotlight on a pharmacist’s duty to exercise independent judgement when dispensing medication.   Background On 29 […]

May 24, 2018

INSIGHT: ‘SafeScript’ Roll-out: An update for practitioners on important regulatory changes from 1 July 2018

The Victorian Department of Health has confirmed that the implementation of the ‘SafeScript’ real-time prescription monitoring system will begin later this year. The initial roll-out is set to take place in the Western Victoria Primary Health Network catchment area before it is extended to the remainder of the State in 2019. ‘SafeScript’ is intended to […]

May 2, 2018

INSIGHT: Recent trends in buying and selling pharmacies

Meridian Lawyers acts for pharmacists in the sale and purchase of their pharmacy businesses.  Issues which arise in these transactions commonly include: the negotiation of the contract for sale of the business in order that the written contract reflects the wishes of the parties the obtaining of necessary approvals and consents (such as Pharmacy Council […]

May 2, 2018

INSIGHT: Pharmacy Franchise Law – tips for franchisees

Many pharmacy business owners are interested in becoming franchisees in order for them to trade with the benefit of national brand recognition, marketing power and tried and tested operating systems. However, it is crucial that pharmacists understand the content, substance and implications of the franchise documentation before they sign or make any non-refundable payment to […]

May 2, 2018

INSIGHT: Misuse, interference or loss of personal information by pharmacists – new mandatory notifications for data breaches

On 22 February 2018, mandatory data breach notification requirements were incorporated into the Privacy Act 1988 (Act) and now apply to all entities regulated by the Act. Typically, health service providers such as pharmacists will be bound by the Act irrespective of the size of their business, because they provide a health service and because […]

May 2, 2018

INSIGHT: Expanding or contracting your pharmacy? Don’t forget Pharmacy Location Rule 121

Expansion of a pharmacy may take place where the floor size of a pharmacy is increased, for example by expanding the pharmacy into adjacent premises. An example of contraction of a pharmacy would be where the floor size of a pharmacy decreases, perhaps because part of the pharmacy is surrendered back to a landlord, or […]

Mar 1, 2018

INSIGHT: Victoria to roll out real-time prescription monitoring system in 2018

In response to a growing number of deaths and harm resulting from the misuse of prescription medicines in Victoria, the government has announced that it will roll out a real-time prescription monitoring system this year. Fred IT Group has been appointed to design and develop the ‘SafeScript’ system, which is intended to provide up-to-date information […]

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 […]

Jul 30, 2017

INSIGHT: ‘Phillips arrangements’: It may be time to review your service company arrangements

Many professional practice owners including medical practitioners and pharmacists enter into an agreement with an associated entity to provide services to the practice, such as the provision of staff, administrative or clerical services, premises, plant or equipment in consideration for the payment of a services fee. Depending on its structure, these service arrangements may have […]

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