High risk 'S8' drugs of dependence available
Australian deaths from a drug overdose each day.
% Increase Oxycodone prescriptions 2002-2009.
% of drug overdose deaths are related to prescription drug misuse.
Australians use drugs for non medicinal purposes annually.
opioids are funded under the pharmaceutical benefits scheme annually.
Calling for action.
State Coroners reports, the Pharmacy Guild, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the Australian Medical Association have all called for implementation of real time monitoring for prescription drugs.
Tracking Prescriptions 01
The system captures the prescriber (doctor) issuing a prescription against a patient record. The prescirber can see the patients prescription history, which includes whether the patient has been prescribed drugs from another doctor before issuing.
Tracking Dispensings 02
The patient goes to a pharmacy or hospital to collect the prescribed drug. The system looks at the patient details and activity in real-time. The pharmacist is issued an alert if the patient is deemed at risk so the dispensing of the drug can be refused.
Alerting Health Authorities 03
Alerts generated are flagged within a centralised system for health authorities to monitor. Patients identified at risk who may have misused a drug or attempted to collect multiple prescriptions from different doctors can be flagged as high risk.
Sharing Information 04
All of this information is collected and shared nationally. Health professionals can make better informed decisions before prescribing a drug and state health authorities can gain visibility over patient activity across the country.