The Murdock Pharmacy Group uses real-time recording for cold and flu tablet sales.
The Murdock Pharmacy Group uses real-time recording for cold and flu tablet sales.

Call to tighten flu tablet sales

MURDOCK Pharmacy Group owners Colin and Tania Murdock of Pottsville are in favour of tightening security on cold and flu tablet sales.

Mrs Murdock said they used real-time recording onto a database for the sale of pseudoephedrine products and supported a resolution by the Australasian Chemical Diversion Congress (ACDC) to make the practise compulsory throughout the country.

Pseudoephedrine, a drug found in cold and flu medication, is used in the manufacture of illegal amphetamines.

“We're fairly strict when it comes to these sorts of things, where there can be abuse when it gets in the wrong hands,” Mrs Murdock said.

“We have been doing real-time recording anyway, but it is not compulsory.

“It's part of our quality-of-care system.”

ACDC's 2009 conference, hosted by the NSW Police concluded last week with various resolutions including the mandatory real-time recording of all pseudoephedrine product sales in all states and territories, and police working with GPs to raise their awareness of criminal “doctor shopping” for pseudoephedrine scripts.

Mrs Murdock said she did not believe making pseudoephedrine a prescription drug was completely necessary.

“It would make it more difficult for people that have a genuine need for it,” she said.

“But working with GPs to raise their awareness, I think that's a definite good move.

“There's definitely a lot of doctor shopping out there.”

The Murdocks' pharmacies have been robbed three times in the past year by drug criminals looking for pseudoephedrine products.

Mrs Murdock said these increased security measures may encourage more pharmacy robberies.

“The three-day congress saw law enforcement officers, pharmaceutical companies and industry experts from around the world join together to develop strategies to tackle the illegal manufacture and trade of synthetic drugs.

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