Performance and Professional Standards Panel
Date of Hearing: 10 December 2012
Date of Decision: 21 December 2012
Pharmacy/medication- Inappropriate, unlawful or inaccurate dispensing
It was alleged that the pharmacist had behaved in a way that constituted unsatisfactory professional performance under section 191(1)(b)(i) of the National Law in that they:
The pharmacist admitted the dispensing error. The panel accepted the admission and found that the pharmacist had engaged in unsatisfactory professional performance and had failed in all the ways alleged.
The panel acknowledged the merit in the system adopted in the pharmacy of having multiple pharmacists and technicians involved in dispensing individual prescriptions as it provided multiple opportunities for checking prescriptions. However, it stressed that each pharmacist is personally responsible for dispensing items that are recorded under their name and must check prescriptions accordingly.
It accepted that the pharmacist had taken appropriate action in the dispensary when the notification was received by holding an emergency dispensary team meeting to remind all staff about the requirements to scan, enhancing the checking procedures and apologising to the patient.
The panel cautioned the pharmacist.