Thumbs-up for drug bid

The Cairns Post - - NEWS -

NORTH­ERN Queens­land Pri­mary Health Net­work chair­man Trent Twomey wel­comes an an­nounce­ment by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment on the in­tro­duc­tion of real-time record­ing of con­trolled drugs.

“This real-time in­stant alert sys­tem will help lo­cal GPs and phar­ma­cists have bet­ter in­for­ma­tion to pro­vide bet­ter care, and will stop doc­tor and phar­macy shop­ping for con­trolled drugs by con­sumers,” he said.

“NQPHN plays a key role in ed­u­cat­ing GPs and phar­ma­cists on lo­cal re­fer­ral path­ways for pain man­age­ment and ad­dic­tion. We strongly sup­port the an­nounce­ment, and look for­ward to the roll­out of this key na­tional health ini­tia­tive.”

Mr Twomey said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was hop­ing to pro­vide as­sis­tance in ed­u­cat­ing health­care providers about the new sys­tem.

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