Drugs and poisons are everywhere. More than two thirds of Australians will use at least one medicine in any two week period.
While these substances play a vital role in protecting and maintaining health and in supporting modern agricultural, industrial and domestic activities, they can also cause considerable harm and death if used incorrectly.
The regulatory system ensures medical products meet appropriate quality, safety and efficacy standards.
It also ensures expertise and information are available to enable drugs and poisons to be used safely (eg supply on prescription only after medical assessment; comprehensive labelling information).
Many thousands of products containing toxic substances such as drugs and poisons are available on the Australian market. These substances play a key role in saving lives, maintaining health, preventing disease and in supporting modern agricultural and industrial activities. They are, however, dangerous to life when used inappropriately and without the necessary expertise to ensure safe and efficacious use.
Circulars are issued every four months to notify pharmacists of changes to the Tasmanian Poisons List, regulation amendments and of general information about drug distribution and safety.
We recommend pharmacies keep the circulars on file as a reference.
For more information on circulars call Pharmaceutical Services on (03) 6166 0400.