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We will bring to you the latest coverage of news on doctor shopping, prescription drug abuse, substance addiction, government policies and technologies that can help to combat these problems.

Big name opioid analgesic overdoses highlights need for RTPM

It has been two weeks since NRL League players were hospitalised from an accidental opioid analgesic overdoses. It is crucial for us to continue calling for the urgent implementation of a real time prescription monitoring system, such as DrShop to prevent opioid analgesic overdoses in the future. This incident continues to highlight the dangers of prescription medicines and how the abuse of these medicines is on the rise. Recent data shows a 180 per cent increase in Oxycodone prescriptions from 2002 to 2009. A Current Affair story on prescription opioid analgesic overdose and the need for better education and monitoring of these medicines. Watch the story here....

Opioid analgesic misuse continues to increase

Prescription opioid analgesic misuse in Australia is continuing to grow. Watch this excellent demonstration on how prescription opioids affect the brain and why it is important that we have tools to monitor patient use. Read more about this issue...

MediSecure and BP Summit 2015

The MediSecure team had a great time meeting everyone at the BP Summit 2015 on the Gold Coast. We had great discussions with Best Practice customers who wanted to learn more about MediSecure’s prescription exchange service (PES). MediSecure is the only PES that conforms to ATS4888.x and is listed on the national eHealth Register of Conformity. More importantly, we had huge interests around DrShop, Australia’s first real time prescription monitoring system. DrShop is a free service available to prescribers, delivering critical patient information to a prescriber’s clinical system. To register for DrShop, please click...

MediSecure acknowledges International Overdose Awareness Day 2015

As the CEO of MediSecure, I am pleased to recognise and acknowledge International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD). The theme for this year’s IOAD is Rethink and Remember, and our thoughts are with the families and friends that have sadly suffered the loss of a loved one through the social scourge of an overdose. All overdose related deaths are a tragedy. International Overdose Awareness Day is a time to remember and reflect. Many people are committed to combating this problem and to find solutions that prevent these tragic deaths. As part of a company that works with medical professionals, my attention has long been directed to preventing fatal overdoses as a result of prescription medicines. This is a widespread and serious issue that still remains largely unknown and unremarked upon within the Australian community. Prescription medicines, when prescribed by a medical professional seem innocuous. The use of medicines such as benzodiazepines and opioid analgesics is increasingly common. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners estimates that 7 million prescriptions for benzodiazepines are written in Australia each year. (ref) Between 1991-2010, the Australian population increased by 29% while the opioid prescription base supply to Australia increased 228% (ref). This growth is remarkable and troubling. The consequence has been a rise in accidental overdose deaths and hence International Overdose Awareness Day is critical for recognising this. The solution to this problem must be multifaceted and it must be actioned immediately. On this important day, I am compelled to note that many of these overdose deaths are preventable. It is time for the Australian community to increase awareness and education on the potential...

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