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National approach to prescription drug misuse

Date posted: 28 July 2017

The Australian Government has announced it will invest $16 million to deliver the national roll-out of real time prescription monitoring for medicines, which aims to directly address loss of life from misuse of prescription drugs.

The Real Time Prescription Monitoring System will provide an instant alert to pharmacists and doctors if patients received multiple supplies of prescription only medicines.

Real time monitoring has been called for by the Australian Medical Association, Pharmacy Guild and by many families across the country. Real time reporting will assist doctors and pharmacists to identify patients who are at risk of harm due to dependency, misuse or abuse of controlled medicines, and patients who are diverting these medicines.

Controlled medicines include morphine, oxycodone, dexamphetamine and alprazolam.

Source: Department of Health


Last updated: 28 July 2017
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