New e-script monitoring should be ‘priority’

The federal government will make a new system available this week, but it will be up to each state to make the necessary legislative changes required before it can be used by GPs and pharmacists.

However the system, which allows practitioners to access a patient’s dispensing history of Schedule 8 drugs through a secure website, has been criticised by electronic prescription system software maker Medi­secure for its potential to provoke aggressive confrontations with drug seeking patients.

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