SafeScript to combat medicine misuse

PSA welcomes the launch of Victoria’s real-time prescription monitoring (RTPM) program
SafeScript to help tackle rising prescription-drug related deaths.


SafeScript will automatically transmit pharmacies’ prescription records for high-risk medicines to a
centralised database. It will use these records to send notifications to prescribers and pharmacists
when they need to review a patient’s history.


PSA Victoria President Benjamin Marchant, who is also a member of the SafeScript Advisory
Group, said PSA played a central role in advocating for the system.


“SafeScript is Victoria’s first mandatory clinical decision support system to combat pharmaceutical
misuse,” Mr Marchant said.


“We are grateful for the government’s initiative to support pharmacists and prescribers to improve
quality of care and ultimately reduce overdose deaths related to opioids.”


SafeScript will monitor all Schedule 8 medicines and Schedule 4 benzodiazepines, z-drugs and


After the launch of SafeScript at Ballarat Base Hospital yesterday by the Victorian Health Minister
Jill Hennessy, SafeScript starts in Western Victoria Primary Health Network today and will be
implemented across Victoria by early next year.



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Jarryd Luke

Senior Communications Officer