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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
A Schedule 8 by any other
BY DENISE L HOPE, STEVEN DICKFOS & MICHELLE KING
Under the Commonwealth Poisons Standard,1 and in some states (Qld,2
(s5) SA,3 (sch 1) WA4 (s20(2))), S8 medicines are termed Controlled Drugs.
But did you know they are also
called controlled medicines (ACT5
(s11)), restricted medicines (ACT6
(s30(2))), drugs of dependence (Tas,7
(s3(1)) SA,8 (s7) Vic9 (s4)), drugs of
addiction (NSW,10 (s4(1)) WA4 (s5(1))),
narcotic substances (Tas7 (s3(1))), and
prescription drugs (SA8 (s6))? Cross-
border translation is complicated further
because some of these terms have
different meanings in other jurisdictions.
For example, in the ACT restricted
medicines also include benzodiazepines,
anabolic steroids and Poisons Standard
Appendix D drugs.6 (s30(2)) While,
in South Australia the term drugs of
dependence only applies to S8s,8 (r7)
in Tasmania it applies to S8s and S9s,7
(s3(1)) and in Victoria the term refers
to specific S4s and S8s.9 (s4) Perhaps a
clinically appropriate common term is
1. Therapeutic Goods Administration. Poisons Standard
(Standard for Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and
Poisons) No. 11 . 2016; Mar 2016: www.comlaw.gov.au/
Details/F2016L00174/Download. Accessed 3 Mar 2016.
2. Queensland Parliamentary Council. Health (Drugs and
Poisons) Regulation 1996 2015; https://www.legislation.qld.
3 March 2016.
3. Government of South Australia. Controlled Substances
(Controlled Drugs, Precursors and Plants) Regulations 2014. 2015;
Regulations%202014.aspx. Accessed 3 Mar 2016.
4. Government of Western Australia. Poisons Act 1964.
mrtitle_728_homepage.html. Accessed 3 Mar 2016.
5. Australian Capital Territory Government. Medicines, Poisons
and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008. 2015; www.legislation.
3 Mar 2016.
6. Australian Capital Territory Government. Medicines, Poisons
and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008. 2015; www.
Accessed 3 Mar 2016.
7. Tasmanian Government. Poisons Act 1971. 2012; www.
iston=;prompt=;rec=;term=. Accessed 3 Mar 2016.
8. Government of South Australia. Controlled Substances
(Poisons) Regulations 2011. 2013; www.legislation.sa .gov.
Regulations%202011.aspx. Accessed 3 Mar 2016.
9. Victorian Government. Drugs, Poisons and Controlled
Substances Act 1981. 2014; www.legislation.vic.gov.au/
authorised.pdf. Accessed 3 Mar 2016.
10. New South Wales Government. Poisons and Therapeutic
Goods Act 1966 2016; www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/
viewtop/inforce/act+31+1966+FIRST+0+N/. Accessed 3
Pharmacy on the frontline
Pharmacists are at the frontline
of the rapidly changing world of
complementary medicine, according to
Pharmacy Professor and international
expert, Associate Professor Forrest Batz.
A/Professor Batz, who will address the
2016 Blackmores Institute Symposium
in Sydney on 13 August, will discuss
the potential interactions between
drugs, herbs and nutrients and how
to work with patients for the best
‘Pharmacists are often at the front-line
of good quality health care and they
are well trained to identify and prevent
known medication interactions.
The interactions between drugs and
supplements is, however, an emerging
and rapidly changing field,’ Dr Batz said.
Blackmores Institute Director,
Associate Professor Lesley Braun said
the 2016 Symposium would focus on
translating the latest research into
practical knowledge for frontline health
practitioners particularly pharmacists.
A/Professor Braun will showcase the
latest news on the role of high dose
nicotinamide in reducing the risk of non-
melanoma skin cancer in at-risk patients,
the role of beta glucan in reducing LDL-
cholesterol and blood glucose levels and
an update on the omega-3 research.
‘ The 2016 Symposium is about
translating and applying the latest
research into real clinical practice for
Australian pharmacists in their everyday
practice,’ A/Professor Braun said.
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