Board warns on expired stock
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should be in place in the pharmacy for the periodic checking of expiry dates of stock, easy identification of near-outdated stock, and appropriate disposal of any expired stock,” the Board said.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.