a) ASPs and LSPs

Describe the differences between ‘authorised seller of poisons’ and ‘listed seller of poisons’ under the PPO

Begin with a definition of ASP and LSP (PPO section 2)

Authorized seller of poisons (ASP) means a registered pharmacist, body corporate or unincorporated body of persons (seller) that is authorized to carry on a business of retail sale of poisons.

Listed seller of poisons (LSP) means a person whose name is entered on the list (PPO section 25) of persons entitled to retail sell Part 2 poisons (poisons in Part 2 of the Poisons List).

Differences: (PPO section 11-14, and section 25-26)

  • ASPs are allowed to keep and supply (subject to conditions specified in the PPR) all categories of Poisons, that is NP, P2, P1, P1S1, P1S1S3, DDs, and Antibiotics.
  • ASPs have to conduct their sales of poisons on a registered premises
  • Each set of premises of an ASP where poisons are kept and sold have to be under the personal control of a registered pharmacist.
    • The certificate of the pharmacist and their hours of attendance have to be on display.
  • Sales and supplies of poisons in ASPs have to be performed by or supervised by a pharmacist
  • ASPs are allowed to display the official ASP logo, and the terms ‘pharmacy’ ‘dispensary’, ‘drugstore’, (also in chinese) in connection with their premises.
  • LSPs do not require any pharmacist on the premises
  • LSPs are not allowed to display any logo, title or description that may carry any connotation that there is a pharmacist on the premises.
  • LSPs are only allowed to keep and supply Non Poisons and P2 poisons.

Examples of LSPs:

  • Supermarkets eg. Wellcome
  • Department stores eg. Wing On
  • Convenience store eg. 7-Eleven
  • Watson's and Mannings

Further references

Code of Practise for ASPs

Code of Practise for LSPs

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