The Victorian Branch of the Pharmacy Guild has praised the state government for passing bill in Parliament last week
The Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Real-time Prescription Monitoring) Bill 2017 enables the rollout of SafeScript, which will monitor all Schedule 8 medicines such as morphine and oxycodone – which carry the highest risk of misuse – and other high-risk medicines, including all benzodiazepines such as diazepam.
Once fully implemented, it will be mandatory for prescribers and pharmacists to check the system before writing or dispensing a prescription for a high risk medicine.
The Pharmacy Guild says it strongly supports the implementation of this innovative and state-of-the-art system that will be rolled out across Victoria in 2018, and encourages other states to follow suit.
“The Health Minister Jill Hennessy and Premier Daniel Andrews’ commitment to community health outcomes has been outstanding; real time monitoring will save lives in the Victorian community,” says the Guild.
“We would like to thank the Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessey and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews for their commitment towards real-time prescription monitoring and the broader health care of the community,” says Victorian Branch President Anthony Tassone.
“Victoria is taking a lead in implementing a system that is part of a comprehensive and broader solution to tackle the issue of prescription medicine misuse.
“The Guild is committed to working closely with the government to deliver a robust solution that delivers training for doctors and pharmacists, drug addiction counselling and support for patients and a broader capture of substances identified.”