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Suspension for lax pharamcy controls

Friday 21 Dec 2012 1:55 p.m.

An Auckland pharmacist who allowed an unqualified 16-year-old schoolgirl to package drugs for rest home patients and breached a host of other requirements has been suspended.

Terence Osborne, who owns two pharmacies in Auckland - Osborne's Pharmacy in Mount Roskill and Airport Pharmacy in Mangere - admitted professional misconduct charges brought by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

They included allowing unqualified people dispense and sell restricted medicines, a failure to keep accurate records and store controlled drugs properly, allowing medicines to be repackaged at the risk of harm to patients and failing to comply with labelling rules.

The Australian-trained pharmacist was censured, suspended for three months, ordered to undergo mentoring and pass a course on pharmacy legislation, and was fined $10,000.

In the agreed summary of facts before the tribunal, Mr Osborne accepted that between November 10 2010 and February 11 the following year he allowed unqualified staff to dispense and compound medicines.

A 16-year-old, known only as Hanna, counted tablets in blister packs for rest home patients.

He also conceded drug stock takes were not carried out, drugs for rest homes were found in a wardrobe and cars, and he did not follow standard operating procedures.


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