SafeScript sav­ing Vic lives

Pharmacy Daily - - News -

THE SafeScript real-time pre­scrip­tion mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem cur­rently be­ing rolled out in Vic has alerted doc­tors and phar­ma­cists in Western Vic­to­ria to al­most 3,300 pa­tients at risk of harm or over­dose from vis­it­ing mul­ti­ple clin­ics or phar­ma­cies.

That fig­ure has been achieved in just the first two months of op­er­a­tion of the plat­form, with more than 400 sites part of the ini­tial de­ploy­ment across the Western Vic­to­ria Pri­mary Health Net­work at a range of lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Ararat, Bal­larat, Gee­long, Mary­bor­ough and War­rnam­bool.

SafeScript is mon­i­tor­ing all Sched­ule 8 medicines such as mor­phine and oxy­codone, along with other drugs in­clud­ing codeine and di­azepam, giv­ing health pro­fes­sion­als “fin­ger-tip ac­cess to real-time in­for­ma­tion about their pa­tients’ pre­scrip­tion his­tory of mon­i­tored medicines.

“Pre­scrip­tion medicine de­pen­dency can hap­pen to any­body, and deaths caused by pre­scrip­tion medicine mis­use have out­num­bered the road toll in Vic­to­ria for the past six years,” said Vic Health Min­is­ter, Jenny Mikakos.

“We said SafeScript would save lives and that’s ex­actly what this cut­ting-edge pro­gram is do­ing.

“Now health pro­fes­sion­als can ac­cess real-time in­for­ma­tion about a pa­tient’s pre­scrip­tion his­tory, and dis­cuss with them the risks of us­ing dan­ger­ous amounts of pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion,” Mikakos said.

The Vic­to­rian Govern­ment has in­vested $29.5 mil­lion to im­ple­ment SafeScript, in­clud­ing the devel­op­ment of the plat­form by Guild/Tel­stra off­shoot Fred IT as well as train­ing and sup­port for prac­ti­tion­ers.

A pub­lic aware­ness cam­paign has also been rolled out tar­get­ing more than 600,000 peo­ple in the re­gion, who can also get free, con­fi­den­tial ad­vice by call­ing the 24 hour SafeScript Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Helpline on 1800 737 233.

The sys­tem will be rolled out across the state in Apr 2019.

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