Anytime a patient presents requesting a medicine that is subject to abuse a doctor should be very circumspect.
Before prescribing for the patient the doctor must be satisfied – based on clear and reasonable medical judgement – that the medication requested is the most appropriate for the situation.
The following registers are available for purchase, with a minimum order of 1 book: Ward Register of Drugs of Addiction NH612005 - Form H32 09/05.67 Plus GST Register of Drugs of Addiction NH612000 - Form H31 07/06.14 Plus GST Freight min: .00 Stream Solutions Help Desk may be contacted on 1300 786 075 but only after an order has been placed.
Drug registers may also be purchased from some pharmaceutical wholesalers and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.
Destruction of a doctor’s Schedule 8 medications can be carried out by an authorised inspector of the NSW Ministry of Health, Pharmaceutical Services (contact the Duty Pharmaceutical Officer on (02) 9391 9944), the police, or a retail pharmacist.The pharmacist should not take possession of the drugs nor enter them into the pharmacy's drug register.A pharmacist is not obliged to destroy drugs on request. You must date every prescription with the date that you gave it to the patient.Alcohol and drug information can be accessed online via the Australian Drug Information Network.General advice on handling drug-seeking patients can be obtained from the Duty Pharmaceutical Officer at Pharmaceutical Services (NSW Ministry of Health) during business hours on telephone (02) 9391 9944.
The patient should be counselled on the risks and harms associated with using anabolic androgenic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. The patient can also be advised that it is an offence for him to be in possession of anabolic steroids that have not been prescribed for him. A doctor cannot buy wholesale quantities of scheduled medicines for general surgery use from a community pharmacy; the medicines should be purchased from a licensed wholesaler.