The Victorian Government’s SafeScript real-time prescription monitoring program is now available in western Victoria.
SafeScript focuses on reducing misuse and growing harms from high-risk prescription medicines. This positive initiative tackles a major public health concern arising from the number of deaths resulting from prescription medicines.
How SafeScript works
SafeScript is a clinical tool for helping monitor the use of prescription medicines which cause the greatest harm to the Victorian community. The digital program enables health professionals to access an individual’s prescription history so they can make better clinical decisions and keep people safe from harm.
SafeScript captures information already provided by doctors and recorded by pharmacists when a prescription is written and dispensed.
Only doctors and pharmacists directly involved in your care will be allowed under law to view information about you in SafeScript.
Prescription medicines monitored as part of SafeScript
All Schedule 8 medicines
- Oxycodone (including brand names OxyContin and Endone)
- Morphine (including brand names Kapanol and MS Contin)
- Alprazolam (including brand names Xanax and Kalma)
- Methylphenidate (including brand name Ritalin)
Some Schedule 4 medicines
- All benzodiazepines (including brand name Valium)
- Zolpidem and zopiclone (including brand names Stilnox and Imovane)
- Quetiapine (including brand name Seroquel)
- Products containing codeine (including brand names Nurofen Plus, Mersyndol and Panadeine).
What you can do
Take action to minimise risks from prescription medicines by talking with your doctor or pharmacist about what else you can do to more safely manage medical conditions such as pain, anxiety and sleeping problems.
- Pharmaceutical Helpline Tel 1800 737 233
- DirectLine Tel 1800 888 236
- Reconnexion Tel 1300 273 266
- DHHS SafeScript website
- SafeScript for Patients and Famlies FAQs
- Medicines monitored in SafeScript
- Choosing Wisely Australia