GPs will have to wait until March to access national script-tracking system

The national data exchange is about to go live - but some states still haven't signed up

GP access to the national real-time prescription tracking system will depend on the state and territory governments, but the first to connect won’t be until at least March next year.

Data exchange

Updates on the long-promised system to prevent prescription drug overdoses have been scarce since Minister for Health Greg Hunt announced its funding in July 2017.

But this month the government announced it had awarded a $23 million contract to Fred IT Group, which designed Victoria’s custom script-tracking software, to oversee the key to the federal system — a