Controlled Drugs System

Creators of Australia’s only real-time Electronic Recording and Reporting of Prescription Drugs System. It helps combat prescription drug misuse, reducing mortality rates & creating better health outcomes.


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.

Controlled Drugs System

How the system works


Tracking Prescriptions

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

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

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

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.


Stops doctor shopping

Patients can no longer visit different doctors and collect multiple prescriptions for the same drug untracked.

Improved health outcomes

Patient rates of mortality or serious harm from misuse have declined significantly in places where the system has been implemented.

Flagging patients at risk

Patients with a history of addiction or misuse of prescription drugs can be flagged as high risk.

Reduced impact on budget

A reduction in the use of prescription drugs funded through the pharmaceutical benefits scheme reduces the impact on the health budget.