A poisoned chalice

Concerns have been raised about inadequate storage and record keeping of Schedule 8 medicines in many pharmacies.

In its latest communique, the Victorian Pharmacy Authority (VPA) highlighted six recent panel hearings, each of which related to inadequate storage or records for Schedule 8 poisons.

The three cases highlighted by the VPA each included “failure to ensure that records of all transactions in Schedule 8 poisons showed the true and accurate balance of each Schedule 8 poison remaining in their possession after each transaction”.

Two of the cases included a failure to store the S8