Warning over references

The Victorian Pharmacy Authority (VPA) has drawn attention to the findings of several recent pharmacy inspections in which “gross deficiencies in mandatory references” were noted.

In a statement issued in mid-January, the VPA said the absence of one or more of the current references mandated by the Pharmacy Board of Australia remained one of the most common issues found during pharmacy inspections.

“Licensees and pharmacists in charge are responsible for ensuring the maintenance of required references at registered premises,” the VPA said.

“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 mandated that texts must be readily accessible, either electronically or via hard copy.

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