Clarification re storage of pentobarbital

Storage requirements for pentobarbital may vary from State to State based on local regulations.

Some veterinary practitioners may have received information from various sources about a recent TGA decision on pentobarbital and what this means here in Victoria.

Veterinary practitioners who are practising in Victoria should be aware, that - depending on its packing and preparation - pentobarbital has the following listings under the Poisons standard:
  • Schedule 4
  • Schedule 8
  • Appendix D, Item 9
  • Appendix K.
Further, requirements in the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2017 (Victoria) include that:
  • when classified as a Schedule 4 poison, pentobarbital should be stored in accordance with Regulation 73
  • when classified as a Schedule 8 poison, pentobarbital should be stored in accordance with Regulation 74.

Practitioners seeking more information on storage of pentobarbital should refer to the Poisons Standard and Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2017 or contact the Office of Medicines and Poisons Regulation (Victorian Department of Health and Human Services) at [email protected]