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Medicines and poisons

The Pharmaceutical Services Branch of the WA Department of Health provides advice, develops policy and administers regulatory controls for medicines including drugs of dependence (Schedule 8 medicines), therapeutic goods and poisons in Western Australia. The Pharmaceutical Services branch is responsible for the administration of the Poisons Act 1964 and the Poisons Regulations 1965

Areas of the Pharmaceutical Services Branch:

Drugs of dependence (Schedule 8 medicines)

  • Issues authorisations to prescribe Schedule 8 medicines and monitors the prescription of Schedule 8 medicines from reports received from pharmacies
  • Information about how to measure, record and report Schedule 8 and Schedule 4 Recordable liquids

Medicine bottles

Watch our training video about staff responsibilities when supplying liquid medicines to patients

Licences and permits

  • Issues licences and permits authorising the possession, supply and sale of medicines and poisons.

Community Program for Opioid Pharmacotherapy (CPOP)

  • Authorises prescribers and patients participating in the Community Program for Opioid Pharmacotherapy (CPOP).

Stimulant Regulatory Scheme

  • Administers the Stimulant Regulatory Scheme which sets controls on the prescribing and dispensing of stimulant medicines (dexamphetamine and methylphenidate) in Western Australia.

Highly Specialised Drugs (HSD) program

  • Administers the Highly Specialised Drugs (HSD) Program on behalf of the Department of Health, where the Commonwealth Government funds the use of specified expensive medicines through WA public hospitals.

Pharmaceutical Services Branch yearbook

Our year book highlights our major achievements and provides a summary of the work we do to ensure that medicines and poisons are used safely and appropriately.

Publications and information

training guide for the new S8 drug register used in hospitals

Requirements for the prescribing of Schedule 4 and Schedule 8 medicines in Western Australia

Pharmaceutical Services e-Bulletins

Contact us

Telephone: (08) 9222 6883
Facsimile: (08) 9222 2463
Post: PO Box 8172
Perth Business Centre WA 6849
Email:     poisons@health.wa.gov.au

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