Reporting of Schedule 4 Restricted and Schedule 8 Medicines Discrepancies Policy

Applicable to: All Health Service Provider staff that handle medicines, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists.

Description: The purpose of this policy is to set out obligations of staff and Health Service Providers (HSPs) to identify and investigate discrepancies of Schedule 8 (S8) and Schedule 4 Restricted (S4R) medicines. It outlines the mandatory requirements, and the minimum consistent procedure to be followed, for reporting of instances where a discrepancy cannot be resolved and may be a loss or the result of theft. 


Type of Amendment Date of Effect Description of Amendment
Minor Amendment  9 January 2020  Minor amendment to the policy and supporting information to update references to superseded policies MP 0029/16 Notifying Misconduct Policy and MP 0040/16 Discipline Policy and replaced with MP 0125/19 Notifiable and Reportable Conduct Policy and MP 0127/20 Discipline Policy. 
Hyperlink updated to Related document Medicines Discrepancy Report Form.

Date of effect: 22 February 2019

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