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Denise L Hope, BPharm, MMedRes, GradCertHigherEd;
Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Griffith University,
Steven T Dickfos, BSc (Oceanography),
BPharmaceutSci, MPharm; Flight Lieutenant, Royal
Australian Air Force (RAAF), Canberra, Australia.
Michelle A King, BPharm, PhD (Med); Senior Lecturer,
Menzies Health Institute Queensland and School of
Pharmacy, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.
» LEGAL GEMS
Pharmacy Board guidelines state that, ‘the pharmacist must be satisfied
that there is a therapeutic need’ for the provision of Schedule 3 (S3)
This is supported by legislation in
the Australian Capital Territory,2 (s7(1))
New South Wales ,
3 (s23(a)) Queensland
4 (s277(1)) Tasmania,5 (s53(1)(b)(ii)) Victoria 6
(s57) and Western Australia.
This requirement is not explicitly
legislated in South Australia (SA) and
the Northern Territory. Pharmacy Board
guidelines1 also refer to the Standards for
the Provision of Pharmacy Medicines and
Pharmacist Only Medicines in Community
Pharmacy, which require pharmacy
documentation of S3 provision.8
Even with the overarching national
requirement, only Qld4 (s277(5)) and SA9
(s26(3)) legislation requires labelling of
an S3 medicine with patient-specific
details. Despite jurisdictional variation,
all pharmacists should adhere to
Board guidelines by establishing
therapeutic need and recording all S3
1. Pharmacy Board of Australia. Guidelines on Practice-
Specific Issues. 2015; www.pharmacyboard.gov.au/Codes-
Guidelines.aspx. Accessed 2 Mar 2016.
2. Australian Capital Territory Government. Medicines, Poisons
and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008. 2015; www.legislation.
2 Mar 2016.
3. New South Wales Government. Poisons and Therapeutic
Goods Regulation 2008. 2015; www.legislation.nsw.gov.
Accessed 2 Mar 2016.
4. Queensland Parliamentary Council. Health (Drugs and
Poisons) Regulation 1996 2015; https://www.legislation.qld.
2 Mar 2016.
5. Tasmanian Government. Poisons Regulations 2008.
Accessed 2 Mar 2016.
6. Victorian Government. Drugs, Poisons and Controlled
Substances Regulations 2006. 2015; http://www.legislation.
authorised.pdf. Accessed 2 Mar 2016.
Provision of Schedule 3 medicines
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Vaccination progress in
The PSA and the Pharmacy Guild of
Australia are working with the Victorian
Government and local health authorities
to progress a pharmacist-administered
vaccination program. It is expected that
regulations will soon be introduced in
Victoria to allow pharmacist vaccinations. It
is understood that vaccination regulations
and other necessary requirements have
been drafted by the Victorian Government.
Consultations with stakeholders are
also underway in accordance with an
established standard regulation-making
process. The PSA and Guild are working
with the Victorian Government to have
the workforce ready for mid-2016 for the
introduction of pharmacist-administered
7. Government of Western Australia. Poisons Regulations
1965. 2015; www.slp.wa.gov.au/legislation/statutes.nsf/
main_mrtitle_1920_homepage.html. Accessed 2 Mar 2016.
8. Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. Standards for the
Provision of Pharmacy Medicines and Pharmacist Only
Medicines in Community Pharmacy. 2005; https://www.
standards. Accessed 2 Mar 2016.
9. Government of South Australia. Controlled Substances
(Poisons) Regulations 2011. 2013; www.legislation.sa .gov.
Regulations%202011.aspx. Accessed 2 Mar 2016.
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