Number 1, 2019
This communiqué is issued by the Victorian Pharmacy Authority (the “Authority”) to inform stakeholders about the Authority’s regulatory activities.
Quarterly performance report
The Authority’s performance measurement framework provides information on its activities and intended outcomes.
Based on statistics from inspections carried out during the period, inspectors will focus on the following areas in coming months:
- Adequacy of reference library
- Barcode scanning undertaken routinely during dispensing
- Regular reconciliation of Schedule 8 medicine stocks & records
- Timely & accurate recording of transactions in Schedule 8 poisons
- Adequacy of arrangements for privacy throughout the pharmacy
- Appropriate storage and display of Schedule 3 medicines including pseudoephedrine
The Authority meets on the second Tuesday of each month to consider matters relating to its regulatory functions under the Pharmacy Regulation Act 2010. At its meeting on 8 January 2019, the Authority 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 full list can be accessed via the Pharmacy Board of Australia website here [see Guidelines on practice specific issues – Guideline 1 (List of reference texts for pharmacists)].
Licensees and pharmacists in charge are responsible for ensuring the maintenance of required references at 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 It is disappointing when licensees must be prompted by the Authority to update several out of date references.
Guidance on pharmacy business commercial arrangements updated
The guidance is intended to assist pharmacists and stakeholders to check that their business arrangements comply with the legislation.
Published guidance documents now include:
- Pharmacy franchising
- Intellectual Property Licence Agreements
- Loan Agreements and Security Agreements
- Sale of Business Agreements
- Service Agreements
- Pharmacy trusts
The documents highlight important provisions of the Pharmacy Regulation Act 2010 to be aware of when negotiating or entering into such agreements.
The documents have been updated to address some typographical issues and improve clarity.
The Authority held no panel hearings in December 2018.
David McConville Chair
18 January 2019