NSW supporting national approach to RTM

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NSW Health is set to engage with stakeholders including pharmacists to get Real Time Prescription Monitoring up and running

This week the Pharmaceutical Society and Pharmacy Guild’s NSW branches welcomed the NSW Budget, which makes provision for Real Time Prescription Monitoring in the state… though Guild state branch president David Heffernan said he hoped to see some details emerge soon.

An eHealth NSW spokesperson has confirmed to the AJP that, “NSW Health has received funding to progress implementation of Real Time Prescription Monitoring as part of the NSW Budget 2020-21”.

“NSW Health supports a national approach to Real Time Prescription Monitoring (RTPM) and is preparing for the implementation of a system to track prescribed medicines associated with a high risk of causing harm through dependence or misuse,” the spokesperson said.

“The RTPM solution will interact with the National Data Exchange (NDE) built by the Commonwealth and will support prescribers and pharmacists to identify patients at risk by providing information about their patient’s medication history.

“NSW Health is currently engaging with GPs, community pharmacists, pain management specialists and drug and alcohol specialists to ensure the solution meets their requirements.

“NSW Health is also consulting with key stakeholder groups to support our implementation approach, which we expect to commence by June 2021.”

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