Victorian real-time monitoring commitment

The Victorian government has committed to introduce real-time prescription monitoring if it is re-elected at the upcoming state election.

The promise follows a call by state coroner Ian Gray for urgent action after real-time prescription monitoring recommended eight inquest findings since February 2012.

Health Minister David Davis says the government will invest $7 million over five years to institute real-time monitoring.

The move has been welcomed by Victorian pharmacists.

Anthony Tassone (pictured), president of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia