The Victorian government will allocate $30 million in this week’s state budget to roll out a Real-Time prescription monitoring system based on the Electronic Recording and Reporting of Controlled Drugs (ERRCD) program. Once implemented, the system will allow clinicians at 1900 GP clinics, 1300 pharmacies and 200 hospitals to access patient information before issuing a prescription or dispensing drugs that are classified as high risk.
The implementation of ERRCD in Victoria follows years of coroner report recommendations and calls from multiple medical industry bodies for a real time reporting solution. Between 2009 and 2015 there were at least 376 drug overdose deaths in Victoria alone each year, with overdoses related to pharmaceutical drug misuse accounting for 80 percent of those deaths. Alarmingly, this accounts for more deaths than the average yearly road toll.
XVT welcomes the announcement and commitment from the Victorian Government to implement a Real Time Prescription Monitoring System.
The original Electronic Recording Reporting and Controlled Drugs system was developed by XVT for the Tasmanian Government in 2008. Following the successful implementation we worked with the Commonwealth to establish a national ERRCD program. We have supported all of the states and territories who are implementing ERRCD including Tasmania, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.