A deadly dose of doctor shopping

The need to speed up the introduction of real-time monitoring of prescription drugs has been highlighted by a recent coronial inquest, the Pharmacy Guild believes.

Queensland coroner Christine Clements has renewed the call for a monitoring system among other recommendations at an inquest into the death of a critical care nurse from an accidental prescription drug overdose.

Katie Lee Howman died in late 2013 from an overdose of fentanyl.

According to papers from the Office of the State Coroner,