Prescription drug misuse shake-up recommended

Between 1991 and 2010, the Australian population increased by 29% but there was an increase by weight in the pharmaceutical opioid supply of 228%, according to the National Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse Framework for Action.

The multidisciplinary effort to combat this trend, already endorsed by health ministers, includes plans to promote MBS items which remunerate and target medication review in addition to non-pharmacological management of conditions.