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Common sense outcome on MedsASSIST

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March 30, 2017

Pharmacists have applauded Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt for supporting the continuation of the MedsASSIST program in Australia, the peak national body for pharmacists, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) said today.

Mr Hunt has supported continuing MedsASSIST which was scheduled to be discontinued from 10pm tonight.

PSA National President Joe Demarte congratulated Mr Hunt on a “common sense decision” regarding the program, as one of the many strategies required to help reduce the harm from misuse of combination analgesic codeine containing medicines.

“Pharmacists expressed concerns about the possible shutdown of this system which many pharmacists were using around Australia,” Mr Demarte said.

“This shows that pharmacists are strongly committed to addressing the issue of inappropriate use of codeine in Australia.”

As the peak body for all pharmacists in Australia, PSA has made several submissions to the Government on the importance of real-time recording and reporting as well as released a Position Statement last year – read here>>

“PSA believes the urgent implementation of a national real-time recording and reporting system is needed to allow for real-time monitoring of prescribing and dispensing of specific medicines,” Mr Demarte said.

“There is a need for real-time recording to be expanded to include all drugs of dependence.”


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Executive Director, Communications
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