Prescription monitoring on its way to Victoria
PRESCRIPTIONS for high risk medicines will be registered on a specialised database as they are prepared by doctors when a new technology is rolled out later this year.
The real-time prescription monitoring program to try and prevent people receiving prescriptions from multiple doctors in a short space of time (“doctor-shopping”) was discussed at a forum attended by more than 50 community members in Portland on Thursday last week.
Coordinated by United Way Glenelg in conjunction with local community members and health professionals, the Let’stalk ScriptWise forum heard from a range of speakers, including Nhill woman Margaret Millington, the mother of a pain killer addict who died of an overdose at 34 years old.
Mrs Millington lost her son Simon 15 years after he was in an accident that started him on the medications.
Simon had experienced multiple traumas as a result of a motorbike collision, and received medical care to help him cope, however Mrs Millington said the system had failed them.
She said she was pleased the real-time monitoring technology, branded SafeScript, would be rolled out later this year.
Other speakers at the event, including health professionals and Victoria Police Leading Senior Constable Lee-Anne Nelson, detailed the toll prescription medicine can have on community members of all ages if it is not used correctly.
People often start taking medicines that they become addicted to for very good reasons, such as while waiting for surgery from a sporting injury, for example, Ms Angelino said.