Drug death sparks call for script monitoring

A Victorian coroner has echoed calls for real-time script monitoring, following a fatality linked to prescription medication.

As reported by Fairfax Media, coroner Jacinta Heffey says the department of health must implement a real-time monitoring system to reduce the number of harms and deaths associated with pharmaceutical drugs.

Ms Heffey’s call follows an inquest into the death of a 38-year-old man, who died after being prescribed methadone by one doctor and benzodiazepines by another.

During the inquest, Ms Heffey