Prescription medication has become a whole lot safer in Maryborough thanks to the roll out of new pharmacy program SafeScript.
Rolled out in western Victoria late last year, the Labor Government’s $29.5 million SafeScript scheme is a prescription monitoring system designed to prevent deaths from misuse of prescription medicine.
More than 400 sites across the western Victoria Primary Health Network catchment were part of inaugural SafeScript roll out including Maryborough, Ararat, Ballarat, Geelong and Stawell, with the rest of the state set to receive the program this year.
Maryborough Guardian Pharmacy (formerly Millikan’s Pharmacy) signed up for the scheme in October and pharmacist Natalie Weir said it has already proved to be a great help.
“We spend a lot of time communicating with the other pharmacy in town and with local doctors to make sure customers are on track with their medication, so this is a great way to streamline that,” she said.
SafeScript only monitors Schedule 8 medicines such as codeine, oxycodone, morphine and diazepam.
In its first two months, SafeScript alerted doctors and pharmacists in western Victoria to almost 3300 patients at risk of harm or overdose from visiting multiple clinics or pharmacies.
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