Feedback for Proposed Changes to the DPRA regulations

Pharmacist  ·  April 23, 2015

Regarding prescription transters. We obtained legal advice on this issue in 2006 after an incident in which a family member requested a transfer to another pharmacy on behalf of his mother. The pharmacy notified us and we transferred the prescription immediately. Subsequently the mother contacted us and we advised her of the transfer. She was livid with her son for doing this and with us for not contacting her first. At that time based on the advice of our lawyer we began to require written authorization for all transfers. It is our informed opinion that the "loose" way transfers are currently handled is unprofessional and not consistent with any other health profession. For the protection of patients and pharmacists written authorization should be the standard. Furthermore, pharmacists who choose to exceed the existing standard should not be sanctioned.

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