Keeping supply going in Stage 4


Pharmaceutical wholesalers exempt from Victorian warehouse and distribution restrictions: TGA 

The TGA’s Medicine Shortages Working Party – comprising pharmaceutical industry, wholesaler and health professional groups – says it supports and welcomes Victorian Government exemptions that allow continued medicine distribution during Stage 4 restrictions.

From Sunday 9 August, Melbourne warehouse and distribution centre worksites were obliged to reduce their daily peak onsite workforce by at least 33% of the daily peak workforce capacity, and reduce their daily total onsite workforce by at least 10% of daily total workforce capacity.

Listed among the ‘exceptions to the reduced operations requirement’ of the policy are “Warehouses and distribution centres that are licensed under the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 for the supply of medicines listed under Schedules 2, 3, 4, and 8 are exempt from the requirement on level of operation”.

In addition, “warehouses and distribution centres that distribute medical devices and consumables that are registered on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) are exempt from the requirement on level of operation”.

Following the implementation of the Stage 4 restrictions on businesses in Victoria, the TGA Working Party met to “ensure that stakeholders understood the exemptions that apply to suitably licensed warehouses and distribution centres”.

“These exemptions enable pharmacy supply chains to operate at 100% capacity, assisting with ongoing supply of medicines, as well as medical devices (including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)) and medical consumables, within Australia,” the TGA said.

In addition, arrangements are also in place to ensure continuity of supply of non-prescription medicines, including multivitamins, the TGA said.

For more information on the policy, go here

 

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