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Consultation: Real Time Prescription Monitoring (RTPM) - Amendments to the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008​

The Ministry of Health is consulting on proposed amendments which would enable implementation of a real time prescription monitoring solution in NSW.

Prescription medicines can provide relief from the pain of an accident or injury, surgery or the symptoms of anxiety, sleep disorders and more. However, some prescription medicines are addictive and can become harmful. The misuse of prescription medicines is now a major public health issue. In 2018 there were 1556 unintentional (and therefore avoidable) drug-induced deaths in Australia. Real Time Prescription Monitoring (RTPM) is a national digital health system established by the Commonwealth Government that can provide doctors and pharmacists involved in a patient’s care with a comprehensive history of the high-risk medicines that have been prescribed and dispensed to help them make better clinical decisions about their care. The Commonwealth Government established the National Data Exchange (NDE) and has provided funding for each state and territory to build their own RTPM database which will interact with the NDE.

Only medical practitioners, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists directly involved in the care of the individual patient are permitted to view information about them in RTPM.

Amendments are required to the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 (NSW) to ensure that this information is collected and used safely by authorised medical practitioners, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists.

Have your say

Have your say. Submissions on the proposed amendments will be accepted until 15 February 2021 and can be made to EHNSW-RealTimePrescriptionMonitoring@health.nsw.gov.au or by mail to:

Ministry of Health
Locked Mail Bag 2030
St Leonards NSW 1590

Current as at: Friday 18 December 2020
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