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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Issue prescribed medicines to a patient 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
256557  Issue prescribed medicines to a patient 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Pharmacy 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Curative Health 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  15 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard enables individuals to issue prescribed medicines to a patient in accordance with legislative and regulatory constraints. Upon completion of this unit standard individuals will be able to deal with patients, specifically providing information on issued medicines. They will further be able to select, package, label and where necessary prepare medicines for issuing. In addition the individuals will be able to complete all administrative tasks related to the issuing of medicines. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed the learner is competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • The unit standards:
    > ID 256476: Interact with clients in a health and pharmaceutical environment.
    > ID 256495: Identify common conditions and ailments to provide information relating to health and medicine. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Verify the legality and authenticity of the prescription. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The legality and authenticity of the prescription are verified in terms of legal requirements and details of the prescriber and patient. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Non-valid prescriptions are checked with the supervising Pharmacist. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Authorisation to issue is obtained in accordance with legal, organisational and facility procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The contents of the prescription are checked for validity within the terms of reference of the facility and the organisation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Select, package and label medicines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The legal requirements related to the selection, packaging and labelling of medicines are described according to current legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Medicines are selected in accordance with the prescription. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Selection includes from pre-packs, broken packs, bulk, original pack.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The containers appropriate to the medicine are selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The information required to appear on the appropriate label is described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Information includes legal requirements, warnings, instructions for use.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Labels appropriate to the selected medicine are prepared. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prepare medicine for issuing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The work area and equipment are prepared to ensure asceptic conditions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Work area includes sterile, aseptic and clean work areas.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The prescribed medicine is counted, measured, weighed and reconstituted accurately as per prescription requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The principles of asepsis are applied to the processes of compounding, manipulation and preparation of pharmaceutical products where appropriate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Appropriate labels are applied to compounded pharmaceutical products and appropriate authorisation to issue is obtained.. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Provide information to the patient. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Product information is provided at a level appropriate to the client's understanding. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Product information includes product name, dosage form and strength, indication, possible interactions and side effects.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Accurate instructions for product use are provided to the client. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Instructions for use include dosage, intervals, duration, special instructions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Special warnings are provided to the client where applicable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Information relating to the correct storage and safe disposal of the product is provided. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Questioning techniques are applied to establish the clients' understanding of the instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Complete appropriate administrative tasks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The documents pertaining to the issuing of medicine are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Documents include registers, patient records.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Documentation is completed in line with organisational and legal requirements for scheduled substances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Registers and records are completed and reconciled according to legislative and organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Discrepancies are reported timeously according to the SOP. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Documents are stored according to organisational and legal requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderators must be accredited and allocated by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The ability to use reference books such as EDL, SAMD and Talmud at a basic level. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work with others in a team.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Verify the prescription.
  • Prepare medicine for issuing.
  • Complete appropriate administrative tasks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and ones activities.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise, and critically evaluate information.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Verify the prescription.
  • Provide information to the patient. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome:
  • Prepare medicine for issuing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  72050   Further Education and Training Certificate: Pharmacist Assistance  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    NONE 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.