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Government commits to a national approach for prescription drugs misuse.

The federal government has committed to invest over $16 million to deliver a national roll-out of real time prescription monitoring for medicines utilising the XVT developed Electronic Recording and Reporting of Controlled Drugs System (ERRCD).

The system we’ve developed is able to instantly alert pharmacists and doctors to patients misusing high risk prescription drugs.

We have worked with individual states and territories to successfully roll the system out since 2008, however this commitment from the federal government will provide the means for a consistent approach amongst all states and territories to adopt and roll-out the system nationally.

Tasmania was the first state to successfully implement our real-time prescription monitoring system. Since then we have also rolled the system out in the ACT. NSW and Victoria are currently in the process of implementing the system.

The real-time monitoring system has been proven to reduce the amount of patients harming themselves due to dependency by assisting doctors and pharmacist in identifying cases of misuse. Consequences of misuse prove fatal for over 600 Australians per year. We look forward to continuing to work with the federal government, state/territory jurisdictions and the Pharmacy Guild and PSA to roll this system out nationally.

 

Also see:

Media Release, Greg Hunt Minister for Health: National Approach to Prescription Drug Misuse.

IT News: Govt commits $16m to national prescription tracking system

 

ABC News, Friday 28 July