Board warns on ex­pired stock

Pharmacy Daily - - Front Page -

THE Phar­macy Board of Aus­tralia con­tin­ues to re­ceive no­ti­fi­ca­tions in­volv­ing dis­pens­ing of ex­pired medicines, with an up­date in the lat­est Board news­let­ter yes­ter­day re­it­er­at­ing pre­vi­ous ad­vice.

“The ex­piry date of ev­ery dis­pensed medicine must be checked to en­sure that the medicine is in date for the ex­pected du­ra­tion of treat­ment,” the Board said, urg­ing phar­ma­cists to re­view the Guide to good dis­pens­ing by Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal De­fence Lim­ited.

The news­let­ter also in­cluded a re­minder to ex­piry dates vis­i­ble when la­belling a dis­pensed medicine to en­sure that pa­tients and car­ers have ac­cess to the in­for­ma­tion if needed.

“To fur­ther min­imise the risk of sup­ply­ing an ex­pired medicine, pro­cesses should be in place in the phar­macy for the pe­ri­odic check­ing of ex­piry dates of stock, easy iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of near-out­dated stock, and ap­pro­pri­ate dis­posal of any ex­pired stock,” the Board said.

The new for­mat email news­let­ter also in­cludes a fi­nal Board Chair mes­sage from Wil­liam Kelly, who is step­ping down shortly after three years at the helm.

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