Strict rules on analgesic scripts

After overturning a TGA ban on two Aspen Pharmacare products Di-Gesic and Doloxene, the AAT ruled that, for first dispensing of a prescription, pharmacists must receive a Prescriber Confirmation Form.

The form must indicate doctors have: ruled out using other mild analgesics; considered contraindications; considered changes to the patient’s presentation or biochemical status; given warnings about appropriate use; and assessed risk of accidental or intentional self-harm.

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