Thumbs-up for pseudoephedrine system

The mandatory use of real-time recording software drives down pseudoephedrine requests in community pharmacies, according to a real-world study in Western Australia.

The use of the software reduces the diversion of pseudoephedrine to methamphetamine, according to a report on the study involving 572 community pharmacies between 2007 and 2014.

The software is used to record the details of any customer requesting pseudoephedrine in real time – with the information shared between pharmacies.

It enables pharmacists to check if a customer has already bought, or been denied, the medicine elsewhere, which can guide decisions on whether to grant the sale.

The software was developed by Guild Link and Queensland Police and made available as a voluntary reporting tool in 2007.

It has been mandatory in five jurisdictions, including Western Australia, since