Jane, the pharmacist, has received a repeat prescription from a regular patient, Natasha, for 60 controlled-release quetiapine 50 mg tablets, with the directions to take 1 tablet at night. While reviewing Natasha’s dispensing history, Jane notices that she last had quetiapine dispensed 2 weeks ago.
Jane invites Natasha into the pharmacy’s private consultation room to discuss her prescription. Natasha admits that she often takes more than one tablet a day. She explains that she is finding it hard to sleep most nights so has been taking additional tablets.
After successful completion of this CPD activity, pharmacists should be able to:
Competency standards (2016) addressed: 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 4.2, 4.3
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Pharmacists have a key responsibility in promoting quality use of medicines and ensuring medicine safety in the community.1,2 In Australia, the use of pharmaceutical drugs for non-medical purposes remains an ongoing issue.3 This problem is not limited to Australia, with a 2018 report from the United Nations finding that 35.6 million people worldwide experienced a drug use disorder.4
Staged supply is ‘a clinically indicated, structured pharmacist se
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