More than four million transactions have now been recorded in MedsASSIST, the Pharmacy Guild says.
How MedsASSIST worksThe pharmacist will assess the therapeutic need of a codeine medicine for the individual patient in accordance with the current practice for the supply of Pharmacist Only Medicines.
- The pharmacist will assess the therapeutic need of a codeine medicine for the individual patient in accordance with the current practice for the supply of Pharmacist Only Medicines.
- The pharmacist will then ask for a photographic ID and seek consent to record the ID number in the system which is protected, controlled and operated by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. It is only the unique number on the photographic ID that is recorded in the system. The system does not record other details such as name, date of birth and address.
- If the patient does not consent to providing a photographic ID card number for recording and monitoring in the system, the pharmacist may choose not to supply the medicine because they cannot be sure it is safe to do so. In such circumstances, the pharmacist may elect to offer alternative medicines or recommend other treatment options including referral.
- The pharmacist also records the name and the quantity of the requested codeine medicine and reviews any previous purchases of codeine medicine.
- If a supply is made based on therapeutic needs, the reason for use and recommended duration of use will be recorded in the system.
- If the pharmacist decides it is not therapeutically appropriate to supply a codeine medicine, they will explain the reason for this decision and may provide further clinical information or recommendations to support your health. This will also be recorded in the system.