Performance and Professional Standards Panel
Jurisdiction: Western Australia
Date of Hearing: 7 May 2013
Date of Decision: 7 May 2013
Pharmacy/Medication: inappropriate, unlawful or inaccurate dispensing
Pharmacy/Medication: inadequate counselling/information about medication
It was alleged that a pharmacist behaved in a way that constituted unsatisfactory professional performance under section 191(1)(b)(i) of the National Law, in that they made a dispensing error by failing to:
The pharmacist admitted that usual dispensing procedures had not been followed in this case because the pharmacy was particularly busy at the time. On that basis, the panel found that the practitioner had behaved in a way that constituted unsatisfactory professional performance by making a dispensing error as a result of failing to:
The panel found that there was no evidence to substantiate the allegations that a count had not been undertaken and that the customer had not been properly counselled.
The panel reprimanded the practitioner, with the reprimand remaining published on the National Register for five years.
The panel considered that a reprimand was warranted as the practitioner’s deficiencies were particularly serious, given that the patient was pregnant at the time and taking anti-depressant medication. While the panel accepted that changes had been made at the pharmacy, it was not satisfied that good dispensing practises were now being followed in all cases and that the practitioner appreciated the seriousness of the deficiencies in their performance.
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