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Posted by: Megan | 2007/04/23

Dispensing medication sans prescription

I would just like to know the legallities of dispensing medication (schedule 3) without a prescription. Case scenario: child taken against his will. Abductors go into a pharmacy to get epilepsy medication. Can the abductor simply say she's the mother and needs the medication, and get whatever she asks for? Should the pharmacist not phone the doctor and check all details? What happens in a case like this?

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Megan,

The pharmacist is not allowed to prescribe schedule 3 items - with the exception of some anti-inflammatory drugs - without a prescription. A doctor can be phoned, but an original script is preferred - What if the number of a so called "doctor" given by the abductors is that of one of their friends just confirming what they are asking for?

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