Here’s something new for dispensary staff to do

Pharmacists have a new dispensing task— warning patients about potential allergens in medicines.

New rules have been introduced requiring manufacturers to list potential allergens on prescription medicine labels.

However, manufacturers have until 2020 to comply with the new rules.  So the TGA wants pharmacists to alert patients to potential allergens in both prescription and OTC medicines during the transition period.

The list of potential allergens — already required on OTC medicine labeling — has also also expanded from a small list including peanuts and gluten to 29 substances.

Some of the new substances are residual traces of antibiotics, eggs, aspartame, crustacean products, sulfides, soya and lactose.

According to the TGA website, discussions with patients may need to include a warning that some potential allergens will not be covered under the new labeling rules