Pharmacy applauds Victoria’s real-time monitoring move

The Victorian government has committed $30 million to a real-time prescription monitoring system in an attempt to crack down on prescription shopping.

The centralised system will allow pharmacists and doctors to do on-the-spot checks before dispensing or prescribing medicines that have a high risk of misuse, such as morphine and oxycodone.

Health Minister Jill Hennessy (pictured) says it is a “life-saving initiative” that will help identify drug seekers before their addiction escalates.

The money, to be set aside in Wednesday's state