Drug Scheduling: Understanding the Basics

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There are 10 categories (known as ‘schedules’) of medicine, classified in descending order of legislative controls. Each category has its own rules for how the medicine or poison should be labelled, sold, bought, stored and disposed of. These categories also inform whether a prescription is needed to buy that particular medicine.

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All medicines in Australia are categorised by how they are made accessible to the public. ‘Scheduling’ is the name given to this system. It is intended to protect the health and safety of the public.


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08 Feb 2023
Good refresher and reminder
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16 Apr 2020
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Leah Bond
23 Apr 2021
Great information
Rebeka Castillo
05 Jun 2021
Good knowledge!
Sarah Longia
24 Feb 2020
Good information. Easy to follow. Right length for article
taiye byrne
18 Sep 2020
Good refresher
Livvia Kelly
02 Jun 2021
Easy to read
karen walker
13 May 2021
A great short read
Caroline Lawson
06 Jul 2021
Is education and provided the standards and the schedules of medication categories going from 1 to 9 provide information on what schedule of medication
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08 Feb 2023
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