Prescription medication

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Fact sheet

Fact Check: Will the move to make codeine prescription-only save 100 lives a year?

Health Minister Greg Hunt claims advice from the Therapeutic Goods Administration states that up to 100 lives a year could be saved by making codeine products prescription-only. But the NSW Pharmacy Guild says there's no evidence to support this.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Threat to the survival of local pharmacies exaggerated

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia claims that bringing forward reductions in the prices of prescription medicines will threaten the survival of local pharmacies.
Report

Fentanyl availability on darknet markets

The convergence of anonymous online illicit darknet markets (or cryptomarkets) and cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, has created an efficient retail platform for illicit markets, including potent new synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.
Report

Interfaces between the aged care and health systems in Australia—first results

People using aged care also use health care services. This report presents the first results from a project that linked data across aged care and health care services. These examine how people’s use of GPs and specialists, patterns of prescriptions dispensed to them, and their...
Report

Australia’s annual overdose report 2019

This report reveals that unintentional overdose continues to be a significant cause of death in Australia. The continued growth in unintentional overdose deaths is linked to highly potent drugs, many of which are available through prescription, such as pharmaceutical opioids and benzodiazepines.
Policy report

National Medicines Policy

Australia's National Medicines Policy is a cooperative endeavour to bring about better health outcomes for all Australians, focusing especially on people’s access to, and wise use of, medicines. The term “medicine” includes prescription and non-prescription medicines, including complementary healthcare products.
Report

The cost of pain in Australia

This report assesses the burden of chronic pain in Australia, including its impact on the health system, productivity, carer costs and wellbeing.
Article

Prescription monitoring is here, but we need to tread carefully to avoid unintended harms

Drug-related deaths in Australia have almost doubled over the past ten years, in large part because of the increased use of opioids. In 2016, middle aged people using combinations of prescription drugs were the most likely to die a drug-related death. Prescription monitoring aims to...
Report

How much fentanyl is available on the darknet?

This bulletin provides a snapshot of the sale and distribution of fentanyl and its analogues across several popular illicit darknet markets. Data collected daily from six darknet markets between 2 January and 23 February 2019 reveal the amount, types and physical forms of fentanyl available.
Report

Medicine safety: take care

This report reveals that 250,000 Australians are hospitalised each year, with another 400,000 presenting to emergency departments, as a result of medication errors, inappropriate use, misadventure and interactions.