Melbourne Cup hits dispensing volume

The race that stops a nation also put the brakes on prescribing and dispensing on Tuesday as Almandin, Heartbreak City and Hartnell went tearing towards the finish line.

Data released by eRx Script Exchange shows a 50% drop in script traffic compared with a standard Tuesday afternoon.

Only 2,584 prescriptions per minute were prescribed or dispensed during the 10-minute race window, down from a peak of 4,569 per minute for the rest of the day.

Script traffic refers to all traffic sent to and from the eRx network, including prescriptions uploaded by prescribers, dispenses by