Code of practice for the handling of Schedule 8 medicines (drugs of addiction) in hospitals and nursing posts

Applicable to: Hospital personnel

OD 0141/08 will be superseded by MP 0139/20 Medicines Handling Policy on 01 December 2020. OD 0141/08 will remain in effect until this time. For further information, please contact the Medicines and Poisons Regulation Branch MPRB@health.wa.gov.au

Description: To guide hospitals in the control and administration of drugs of addiction (Schedule 8 medicines) in compliance with the Poisons Regulations 1965.

Code of practice for the handling of Schedule 8 medicines (drugs of addiction) in hospitals and nursing posts

Introduction

This Operational Directive is intended to guide hospitals in the control and administration of Drugs of Addiction (Schedule 8 medicines) in compliance with the Poison Regulations 1965.

Background

The Poisons Act 1964 and Poisons Regulations 1965 set out the restrictions on the possession, storage and access to Schedule 8 medicines in WA. A person who has been issued with a Poisons Licence or Permit under the Act is responsible for the secure storage of the medicines.

In this Operational Directive, an “authorised person” is, as defined by the Poison Regulations 1965, a person who is authorised to manufacture, distribute, sell or possess any drug of addiction other than a person having possession of a drug of addiction by authority of a prescription. This includes pharmacists, medical practitioners, registered nurses and other persons as authorised by the Chief Executive Officer.


Dr Robyn Lawrence
A/DIRECTOR GENERAL
WA HEALTH

Date of effect: 09 July 2008 to 09 July 2013

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