RK Law Graduate Angela Liu has had an article published in the Australian Health Law Bulletin titled 'Real-time prescription monitoring system in
This article covers the new legislation in Victoria to implement the mandatory real-time prescription monitoring system (RTPM).
It is well accepted that the increasing harm and deaths from the misuse of prescription medicines is a major public health concern in Victoria. In a response to the coroners’ recommendations, the Victorian Government introduced legislation for a RTPM system to be rolled out in 2018.
The Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Real-time Prescription Monitoring) Act 2017 (Vic) (Act) was passed on 19 October 2017 and is expected to commence on 1 August 2018. The Act establishes the legislative framework that will underpin Victoria’s RTPM system, which provides doctors, nurse practitioners and pharmacists with access to the system and allows them to review up-to-date information on the prescriptions histories of the patients in their care.