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MedsASSIST discontinued!

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MedsASSIST to be discontinued at the end of January, the Pharmacy Guild announces

MedsASSIST – the real time recording system developed by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia to help reduce the misuse of over-the-counter combination analgesic medicines containing codeine – will be discontinued nationally from the night of 31 January 2018.

According to the Guild, the recording system will become “redundant”  when OTC medications containing codeine on are upscheduled on 1 February 2018.

Introduced nationally in March, 2016, MedsASSIST was designed specifically to record over-the-counter medicines containing codeine. MedsASSIST was not designed to record prescription medicines.

The MedsASSIST clinical decision support tool has recorded more than 10 million transactions since it was introduced.  The number of pharmacies voluntarily using MedsASSIST reached more than 70%.

“The system has enabled pharmacists to identify at-risk patients, and has facilitated access to support resources and referral pathways when required.

“When the codeine medicines move to prescription only, community pharmacists can provide advice on managing pain, recommend an alternative pain relief treatment available over the counter, or recommend a consultation with a GP. Patients are advised to talk to their pharmacist about the options available.” the Guild said in a statement.

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