Wide support for real-time prescription monitoring call

DOCTORS and pharmacists have backed calls from a Victorian coroner for the introduction of a real-time prescription monitoring system in an effort to stamp out doctor-shopping.

Coroner John Olle called for the introduction of live prescription monitoring within the year and asked for written submissions from relevant experts before he makes final recommendations in relation to the death of a Melbourne man, 24, who overdosed on prescription morphine and diazepam two years ago.

AMA Victoria president Dr Harry Hemley backed the call