Docs probed on nar­cotics

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is clamp­ing down on doc­tors who mis-pre­scribe nar­cotic drugs, in­clud­ing Oxy­Con­tin.

Fifty GPs are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Medi­care, which h a s i d e n t i f i e d t h e m a s pre­scrib­ing high lev­els of ad­dic­tive pain killers.

The group has writ­ten about 2500 pre­scrip­tions for nar­cotic drugs, in­clud­ing ben­zo­di­azepine, over t he past 12 months, Medi­care claims.

And a ma­jor­ity of the pre­scrip­tions have been writ­ten for younger pa­tients, un­likely to re­quire the strong drugs for pain man­age­ment.

Hu­man Ser­vices Min­is­ter Tanya Plibersek warned doc­tors caught do­ing the wrong thing would face sanc­tions.

The Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices Re­view could be called in, she said.

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