Will electronic scripts be a reality by the end of the year?
The Department of Health has promised to complete its national, paper-free e-prescribing system before the end of 2019, allowing pharmacists to dispense legally valid scripts issued via doctors' clinical software.
But pharmacies and GPs who wish to use an e-script will need software that meets privacy and security standards. These standards are in development and might not be ready until Christmas.
The reform was first announced in May 2018 when the government earmarked $30 million for paperless prescribing in the 2018 federal budget.