New Australian evaluation guidelines will help inform the debate
It takes something like 10 years for a new compound to go from laboratory to clinical trial, and many more before a drug’s safety and efficacy are proven. Why isn’t clinical software — which might check for drug–drug interactions and dosage errors and generate alerts and recommendations to influence prescriber behaviour — treated as rigorously?1 Today, anybody with programming skill could create a rudimentary electronic prescribing package and put it directly onto the desktop of a general practitioner without regulatory approval.
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