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139326 - SafeScript – High-risk medicines and clinical practice - Online Learning Module

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To provide prescribers and pharmacists with an overview of SafeScript, why it is being implemented, what medicines will be monitored and what the system will mean in practice.

Relevance to General Practice

Misuse of prescription medicines is a growing concern and contributes to a substantial proportion of overdose deaths in Australia. Of the 477 overdose deaths recorded in Victoria in 2016, pharmaceutical medicines contributed to 78% (372), while illicit drugs contributed to 54% (257). 
To help improve patient safety and reduce the growing harms from high-risk prescription medicines, the Victorian Government has implemented SafeScript: A computer software that allows prescribing records and pharmacy dispensing records for certain medicines to be transmitted in real-time to a centralised database which can then be accessed by doctors and pharmacists during a consultation. 
There is a need for GPs to learn about why SafeScript has been introduced, how it integrates into their prescribing workflow, and to be aware of relevant legislative and regulatory requirements. This module provides an overview of this information, to enable GPs to incorporate SafeScript into their clinical practice.

Learning outcomes
  • Determine the most appropriate management approach when concerns arise about the safety of patients using high-risk medicines.
  • Describe what is involved in safely and appropriately prescribing the high-risk medicines selected for monitoring through SafeScript.
  • Identify effective, evidence-based non-pharmacological options for chronic pain, insomnia and anxiety to suggest to patients to help manage their con
  • Explain the appropriate place in therapy for high-risk medicines in the management of chronic pain, insomnia and anxiety.
  • Implement the key steps involved in prescribing medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence (MATOD) for patients with opioid dependence.
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    139326 - SafeScript – High-risk medicines and clinical practice - Online Learning Module
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