Doctor-shop laws need to be clearer

MDA National’s manager of medico-legal and advisory services, Dr Sara Bird, said current prescribing laws left many GPs confused about their obligations in the face of potential doctor shoppers.

“The legislation surrounding opioid prescription is so complicated and it also varies from state to state.

“Even within the one state… it’s incredibly complicated in terms of trying to interpret and implement it,” Dr Bird told MO ahead of GP13.

“If I was a GP and I wasn’t aware of