Unintended consequences of using real time prescription monitoring systems

Sarah Haines, Michael Savic, Louisa Picco, Suzanne Nielsen and Adrian Carter
Med J Aust 2020; 213 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50616
Published online: 3 August 2020

To the Editor: More Australians die of prescription medication overdose than of illicit drug use or motor vehicle accidents.1 Real time prescription monitoring systems have been recommended to track patients’ supply history for potentially high risk medicines, including strong opioids and benzodiazepines. These programs aim to assist in the early identification of high risk medicine use to inform clinical care, and have received broad support from pharmacy and medical professional groups.

  • Sarah Haines1
  • Michael Savic2
  • Louisa Picco3
  • Suzanne Nielsen3
  • Adrian Carter1

  • 1 Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Turning Point, Eastern Health and Monash University, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Monash Addiction Research Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC


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