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Pharmacist's responsibilities in terms of the legislation
In terms of Regulation 35 of the General Regulations published under the Medicines and Related Substances Act, 101 of 1965, it is the pharmacist's responsibility to record the sale of ALL scheduled medicines.
"35.
1. A prescription book or other permanent record in respect of Schedules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 substances shall be kept in hard copy or electronically on all premises where such substances or medicines are sold or dispensed.
2. In the case of Schedule 1 medicines and substances sold by any person other than a manufacturer or wholesaler, a prescription book or other permanent record contemplated in subregulation (1) shall contain the following particulars:
a. The name of the person to whom it was sold;
b. the name and quantity of the substance or medicine; and
c. the name of the pharmacist, pharmacist intern or pharmacist's assistant who sold it.
3. In the case of Schedule 2, 3, 4 and 5 medicines and substances sold by any person other than a manufacturer or wholesaler, the prescription book or other permanent record contemplated in subregulation (1) shall contain the following particulars:
a. The name of the medicine or scheduled substance;
b. the date on which the prescription was dispensed;
c. the dosage form and quantity of the medicine or scheduled substance;
d. the name, identification number and address of -
i. the patient; (NOTE: the patient's ID No, not that of the so-called "main member")
ii. in the case of a prescription for a neonate, the name, identification number and address of a parent or guardian; or
iii. in the case of a prescription issued by a veterinarian, the person to whom the medicine or scheduled substance was sold;
e. where applicable, the name of the medical practitioner, dentist, veterinarian or any other authorised person who issued the prescription; and
f. prescription reference number, which is the reference number or unique identifier assigned at the point of dispensing."

If a South African Pharmacy Council inspector performs an inspection at your pharmacy and finds that you have not complied with the regulations, disciplinary action may be taken against you. This disciplinary action may result in a caution and warning, but it may also result in a fine or even suspension from the register.
Above all, a pharmacist should always put the health of the patient first, and this applies to all sectors of pharmacy.
Remember, if you suspect that a patient is misusing or abusing medicines, or that a pharmacy or dispensing doctor is ordering excessive amounts of habit forming medicines, it is within your right as a professional pharmacist to refuse to dispense or dispatch such prescription or order for medication to them. Rule 23 of the Ethical Rules applies to all pharmacists and it is important to note that selling or dispensing medicines in a manner that does or appears to promote the misuse or abuse of medicine will result in a professional conduct inquiry in terms of Chapter V of the Pharmacy Act.