Label templates for high strength fluoride toothpaste

Over the last few months, we have published information on the responsibilities of dentists with respect to labelling of ‘Pharmacist Only Medicines (S3) when they are provided to patients in the practice. One product that falls within this schedule is high strength fluoride toothpaste.

Dr Geraldine Moses, who provides the ADA’s valued PharmaAdvice service outlined in her most recent article (page 27 of the September News Bulletin) specific details about the legal requirements across all states and territory legislations when it comes to what you need to put on the label. As you will see from the table below, there is a lot of variation with the most significant requirements required in Queensland.

STATE & relevant legislation

Labelling requirement for S3 medicines

ACT

Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008

Full ADA S3 label

” For dental treatment only”

NSW

Poisons & Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008.

Label with dental clinic name and address
Queensland

Qld Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulations 1996

Regulation 277

Full ADA S3 label

South Australia

Controlled Substances (Poisons) Regulations 2011

No label required unless the necessary details are not in the manufacturers packaging, then affix full label

Tasmania

Poisons Regulations 2018

Label with dental clinic name and address

Victoria

Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances

Regulations 2017

S.R. No. 29/2017

Part 2—Schedule 3 poisons

Label with dental clinic name and address
Northern Territory

No label required unless the necessary details are not in the manufacturers packaging, then affix full label

Western Australia

Label with dental clinic name and address

Whilst these requirements can differ between states and territories, the ADA has created labels for NEUTRAFLUOR 5000 PLUS TOOTHPASTE and CLINPRO 5000 ANTI-CAVITY TOOTHPASTE that you can download and edit to add the name of the patient and your clinical details. An example is shown of the label text to be included that will be appropriate to use in all Australian states.

The label templates can be downloaded at www.ada.org.au/medicationlabels

These labels will be able to be printed directly onto generic labels that measure 3.81 cm high x 9.9 cm wide. These can be purchased at most office supply stores.

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