Pain groups on RTPM

Pharmacy Daily - - Front Page -

IM­PLE­MENT­ING a na­tional real-time pre­scrip­tion mon­i­tor­ing (RTPM) sys­tem be­fore de­vel­op­ing plans for ad­di­tional pain man­age­ment and treat­ment op­tions is “putting the cart be­fore the horse” ac­cord­ing to a coali­tion of pain or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Pain­aus­tralia CEO Carol Ben­nett said RTPM has a role to play in re­duc­ing over­dose re­lated deaths, but such sys­tems can only be ef­fec­tive if un­der­pinned by com­mu­nity aware­ness, health pro­fes­sional ed­u­ca­tion and ef­fec­tive, ac­ces­si­ble al­ter­na­tives.

Ben­nett was re­spond­ing to this week’s news that Fred IT had been awarded a $23 mil­lion con­tract to de­velop the back­bone of a na­tional sys­tem (PD Wed).

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