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Contents (2008 - 392)
Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008
Current version for 1 July 2017 to date (accessed 25 November 2017 at 12:54)
Part 4 Division 7 Clause 127
127   Destruction of unusable drugs of addiction in public hospital wards
(1)  The nurse or midwife in charge of a ward in a public hospital having responsibility for a drug of addiction that becomes unusable must immediately notify the chief pharmacist of the hospital of the fact and of the circumstances under which the drug became unusable.
(2)  A pharmacist employed in a public hospital:
(a)  may (but only in the presence of a nurse or midwife) destroy the drug of addiction, and
(b)  in that event, must record the fact of the destruction of the drug in the ward register.
(3)  The entry must include the date and the name, professional registration number and signature of the pharmacist and the name and signature of the nurse or midwife who witnessed the destruction of the drug.
(4)  In the case of a public hospital for which there is no pharmacist, the functions of a chief pharmacist or pharmacist under this clause are instead the functions of:
(a)  the director of nursing of the hospital, or
(b)  the medical superintendent of the hospital,
as the chief executive officer of the hospital may determine.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.