Authority calls out S8, S4 failures

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Two pharmacy owners have been cautioned about their pharmacy practices, including one that was storing food in the same fridge that they stored vaccines and antibiotics

This September the Victorian Pharmacy Authority ran two panel hearings into allegations that licensees had failed to meet their responsibilities to comply with the Pharmacy Regulation Act 2010 and/or good pharmacy practice at registered premises.

In the first case, panel members found that the records of all transactions in Schedule 8 poisons of one Victorian pharmacy did not show the true and accurate balance of each Schedule 8 poison remaining after each transaction.

There was no procedure in place to ensure that the identity of a medicine being supplied or dispensed to a client of the pharmacy could not be known by another person present in the pharmacy in that dispensed medicines were handed to clients in open baskets.

An unlocked refrigerator outside the dispensary was used to store Schedule 4 poisons including vaccines and antibiotics.

This refrigerator was also used to store food and there was no temperature data logger present.

The panel cautioned the licensee and the Authority subsequently directed that the pharmacy be reinspected at the licensee’s cost.

In the second case there were failures of security in a recently relocated pharmacy premises in that a rear perimeter door was not fitted with heavy gauge metal sheeting, bars/grilles were not installed on upstairs windows and a lockable roller shutter was not installed in the premises in accordance with plans approved by the Authority.

A Schedule 8 safe was not attached securely in accordance with departmental advice, and the safe did not meet the minimum requirements specified in the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2017.

This licensee was also cautioned.

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