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UPDATE (Dec 2021): Queensland Health have confirmed that in early 2022, the current regulation that governs the use of QScript will be reviewed. ASMOFQ will continue to fight for an exemption to the mandatory requirement to access QScript for in-hospital prescribing on behalf of our members.

Under the Medicines and Poisons Act 2019, it is now mandatory for a doctor to access QScript every time they prescribe a monitored medication for a patient, such as opioids and benzodiazepines. Penalties can apply for non-compliance.

QScript was intended to increase safety of these medications in the community and has merit in this context and at hospital discharge. However, this is not the case for in-hospital prescribing.

In Victoria and NSW, there is no mandatory legal requirement to access their monitored medicine database for prescribing these medications for patients in-hospital. A recent Deloitte report concluded that ‘imposing a blanket regulatory burden in these environments would introduce unnecessary costs that would be unlikely to provide any benefit’.

ASMOFQ is aware that many doctors are frustrated with the current lack of any exemption for in-hospital prescribing. We will continue to fight for an exemption to in-hospital prescribing on behalf of our members, and we will keep you updated with our progress.

Published Date: December 29, 2021
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