In April 2019, The Victorian Government will roll out SafeScript in conjunction with a consumer awareness campaign.
SafeScript is computer software that allows prescription records for high-risk medicines to be centrally captured and transmitted in real-time to its database which can then be accessed by prescribers and pharmacists during a consultation.
It is easy to develop a dependence on a high-risk medicine even when it is only being taken for a short period of time to address issues such as pain or anxiety. SafeScript enables doctors and pharmacists to make safer clinical decisions and identify circumstances where patients may be receiving high-risk medicines beyond medical need.
Prescription medicines causing greatest harm to the community will be monitored through SafeScript. This includes all Schedule 8 medicines and other high risk medicines such as benzodiazepines, zolpidem or zopiclone, quetiapine and codeine.
Gippsland PHN will be providing face-to-face training opportunities for prescribers and pharmacists from February 2019.