The big reason why the new PBS opioid restrictions are a good thing

Dr Craig Lilienthal explains what happened when he reviewed his patients who had been on opioid analgesics for extended periods

The introduction of PBS prescribing restrictions on opioid medications in June — that included the reduction in repeat scripts, the introduction of smaller packet sizes, the need for regular patient review — caused me to stop and think.

It wasn’t simply the irritation of more paperwork that concerned me or the medicolegal risks of being in breach of the new rules.

It was also the long-overdue acceptance of my need to re-evaluate those patients for whom I have been prescribing opioid analgesics for extended periods of time.

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