‘Gross deficiencies’ in references

The Victorian Pharmacy Authority has pointed out recent incidences of deficiencies in mandatory references

In its January communique, the VPA says that earlier this month it considered several recent inspections where “gross deficiencies in mandatory references” were identified by its inspectors.

“The absence of one or more of the current references mandated by the Pharmacy Board of Australia continues to be the most common deficiency noted during pharmacy inspections in Victoria,” the VPA says.

“Licensees and pharmacists in charge are responsible for ensuring the maintenance of required references at all registered premises.

“The Authority expects pharmacies to have procedures in place to ensure that references are continuously updated so that all pharmacists can practise safely and effectively.

“It is disappointing when licensees must be prompted by the Authority to update several out of date references.”

The VPA encourages licensees to familiarise themselves with the full list of references here.

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