Lost scripts to be re­ported

Pharmacy Daily - - FRONT PAGE -

PHAR­MA­CISTS and other health pro­fes­sion­als in NSW are be­ing in­vited to report the loss, theft or forgery of pre­scrip­tions via a new on­line no­ti­fi­ca­tion form on the Phar­macy Coun­cil of NSW web­site.

The NSW Min­istry of Health will now be pub­lish­ing the pre­scriber de­tails of the re­ported pre­scrip­tions, in or­der to help re­duce the traf­fick­ing of drugs of abuse such as al­pranjo­lam, fen­tanyl and oxy­codone sourced through fraud­u­lent scripts.

“Phar­ma­cists are en­cour­aged to be more vig­i­lant in ver­i­fy­ing the va­lid­ity of pre­scrip­tions from au­tho­rised prac­ti­tion­ers who have had their pre­scrip­tion sta­tionery re­ported lost or stolen,” the min­istry’s web­site ad­vises.

The NSW Health Depart­ment also says phar­ma­cists should be aware that some pre­scrip­tion sta­tionery is printed with a false name, ad­dress or tele­phone num­ber of the pre­scriber, and says care should be taken when con­tact­ing a pur­ported pre­scriber us­ing the tele­phone num­ber pro­vided be­cause they may not in fact be speak­ing to the reg­is­tered health prac­ti­tioner.

“The pre­scriber’s name may be checked on the AHPRA Reg­is­ter of Prac­ti­tion­ers, and the prac­tice ad­dress and tele­phone num­ber should be ver­i­fied in­de­pen­dently through other pub­lished sources,” the depart­ment said.

The re­port­ing of lost, stolen or forged pre­scrip­tions is not manda­tory un­der the Woŝ­sons and Ther­a­peu­tic Goods Act 1966 how­ever the min­istry con­firmed it was an of­fence for a phar­ma­cist to dis­pense S4 and S8 medicines if it ap­pears a script has been forged or fraud­u­lently ob­tained.

The full list of pre­scrip­tions re­ported lost, stolen or forged can be viewed at health.nsw.gov.au.

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