Coroner calls for real-time monitoring solution

A NSW coroner investigating three deaths from prescription drug overdoses has called for the State Government to implement real-time reporting within a year. 

NSW Deputy State Coroner Carmel Forbes recommended real-time prescription reporting for all benzodiazepines and called on the NSW Health Minister to consider the steps to be taken for the implementation within twelve months.

Magistrate Forbes said such a system would allow GPs to see if patients have been prescribed medications by other doctors - and for pharmacists to be able to see if the medications have been dispensed through other