Prescription Shopping Information Service (PSIS)

Last updated 11.03.13

 

Definition

-  Government service to assist in the identification of prescription shoppers

-  Presciption shopping = patients unknowlingly or deliberately obtaining more medicine than is medically needed

 

Features

-  Does not intiate any response or action

-  Purely an information service

-  Provides real time information (accurate to 24hrs)

-  Items supplied to patient in three month period: type, quantity, number of prescribers

-  Also informs if patient is previously known to PSIS

-  +/- on request Patient Summary Report (online, fax or mail)

-  Practitioners need to register to use service

-  Practitioners may receive written advise if they are prescribing to a patient known to PSIS

 

Rationale

-  Excessive medication may pose a health risk

-  Burden to tax payers who subsidise medication & consultations

-  Medications may be sought for illicit means

 

Criteria

-  Person within any three month period has had supplied to them

-  6 or more prescirbers for a particular item

-  &/OR 25 or more target items

-   Analgesics, antiepileptics

-   Anti-parkinson meds

-   Psychoeleptics, psychoanakeotics

-   All other nervous system medicines

-  &/OR 50 or more items

-  Does not cover

-  Private prescriptions

-  OTC meds

-  Repatriation PBS items

 

Procedure

-  Call 1800 631 181

-  24hrs, 7days

-  Required information

-   Prescriber number & full name

-  Personal validation question

-  Patient details: full name, DOB, medicare number

-  Practitioners may receive written advise if they are prescribing to a patient known to PSIS

 

 

 

References

 

DoH: Prescription Shoppers Information Service