Pharmacy Council considering report

Methadone dispensed to a user by a pharmacy. Photo: ODT files.
Methadone dispensed to a user by a pharmacy. Photo: ODT files.
The Pharmacy Council is reviewing a report in which deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rae Lamb found the former Campus Pharmacy in Dunedin and its owner Peter Barron breached a man's rights to have services provided with reasonable care and skill.

The man, Christopher Wilson (27), was dispensed someone else's methadone on March 16, 2006, and died later that day from an overdose.

In an appendix to the report, Ms Lamb's expert adviser, pharmacist Maree Jensen, noted her investigations had led her to the view that Mr Barron had also breached two principles of the Pharmacy Council's Pharmacist Code of Ethics, namely to optimise medicines related outcomes and prevent harm to the patient and public.

Chief executive Bronwyn Clark said the council would take some time to consider Ms Lamb's findings.

It hoped to have a response to the report by the end of next week.

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