Improving Access to Medicines – ePrescribing for safer medicines

Page last updated: 08 May 2018

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The Government will increase its investment in new medicines by $2.4 billion. The Government will provide $28.2 million over five years from 2017–18 to upgrade the e-prescribing software system used by clinicians to prescribe medicines.

This will support a national electronic prescribing system that will contribute to Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) efficiency, compliance, drug safety and data collection. It will also create an electronic prescribing framework that will provide an option for prescribers and their patients to have a fully electronic PBS prescription as an alternative to paper-based PBS prescriptions.

The upgrades will make the system more user friendly and enable prescribers to better identify prescribing options that best meet the needs of their patients, with doctors to retain the final say in advising patients on which medicines to use.

Why is this important?

This measure will provide cheaper, safer medicines for consumers.

This initial investment will also improve healthcare provider compliance with PBS eligibility criteria or applicable prescribing and dispensing guidelines.

Who will benefit?

Electronic recording and reporting of controlled drugs supports medicine safety for consumers by helping health practitioners to meet their clinical professional practice obligations to reduce error and harm associated with the misuse of drugs of addiction.

How much will this cost?

This measure will cost $28.2 million from 2017–18 to 2021–22.

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