Reporting purchasers of pseudoephedrine products to police: New Zealand community pharmacists' experiences

Sheridan, Janie, Kairuz, Therese and Butler, Rachael (2007) Reporting purchasers of pseudoephedrine products to police: New Zealand community pharmacists' experiences. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 37 1: 19-21.

Author Sheridan, Janie
Kairuz, Therese
Butler, Rachael
Title Reporting purchasers of pseudoephedrine products to police: New Zealand community pharmacists' experiences
Journal name Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-937X
Publication date 2007-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 37
Issue 1
Start page 19
End page 21
Total pages 3
Place of publication Collingwood, Vic., Australia
Publisher Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Pseudoephedrine is the precursor of choice for the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine, much of which is obtained through purchases of pseudoephedrine products from community pharmacies.
Aim: To investigate issues surrounding data collection by community pharmacists in New Zealand on purchasers of pseudoephedrine products and its provision to police.
Method: Questionnaires were mailed to a random sample of 50% of community pharmacies in New Zealand, with a second mailing to non-responders.
Results: There was a response rate of 63%. 95% of pharmacists limited the quantity of pseudoephedrine products sold on each occasion. 45% asked for identification from all purchasers. Requesting/collecting identification resulted in various problems such as dealing with aggressive customers, and requiring time to attend court cases as a result of data provided to police. A major issue identified was the lack of feedback from police on information that had been provided. Nonetheless, there was support amongst pharmacists to continue to collect this information.
Conclusion: Although there were a number of problems.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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