Same Same but Different: Australian Schedule 8 Medication Legislation

Authors

  • Juliet Contreras juliet
  • Mary Bushell
  • Lyn Todd
  • Mark Naunton

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.55136/apsj129

Keywords:

Schedule 8 medication, quality use of medicines, medication safety, controlled medication, pharmacy, student-led journal, peer-reviewed

Abstract

In Australia, each state and territory has different requirements for what constitutes a legal prescription, what is considered legal supply and legalities for disposing of medicines. This could be associated with risks to patients, carers, and health care professionals, and more research into this is needed. National legislation would mitigate these risks and align with the objectives in Australia’s National Medicine Policy of access to medications and the quality use of medications.

This snapshot review aims to identify and highlight the differences in State and Territory requirements for dispensing and pharmacist involvement in disposal of S8 medicines in Australia, to develop a tool for healthcare professionals to identify the requirements. Relevant State and Territory Acts, Regulations and guidelines were reviewed, see Tables 1 and 2.

The many and nuanced differences that exist across each state and territory is demonstrated by only 4 of the 29 requirements that were reviewed being the same nationwide. The different requirements for schedule 8 (S8) medication can be difficult and time consuming for healthcare professionals (HCP) to navigate and identify from the legislation, which changes often. Until unified legislation is in force, an accessible, dynamic resource for HCP with up-to-date information regarding these requirements across all states and territories could reduce the risks. An example of this on a different topic is the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s COVID-19 microsite.

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