New Codeine App

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Health software firm MedAdvisor has launched a new Patient Education Program (PEP), which aims to help address the risk of addiction and serious side effects for those using Schedule 3 (S3) codeine analgesics.

 

Created in partnership with Painaustralia, the PEP works to improve the quality use of medicines by delivering educational messages directly to patients via smartphone, tablet or web browser. It was officially launched he

By use of electronic prompts, patients are educated on the safe and effective use of S3 codeine analgesics.

 

"Whilst IT tools which facilitate real-time prescription monitoring can greatly assist prescribers and pharmacists in controlling the supply of medications, we believe it is important to develop 'patient focused' solutions," said MedAdvisor ceo Robert Read.

 

"Addiction cycles often begin with unintended misuse of codeine-based products.

 

"In addition to delivering patient education, the MedAdvisor system also captures real time dispense data and can, where appropriate and following privacy legislation, share visibility of dispenses across pharmacies."

 

In order to receive the education information patients will be required to register for MedAdvisor's free app.

 

Once their online profile is updated with the recording of codeine-based sales, the app will provide a series of messages to the patient that reinforce information provided by the pharmacist about the safe and effective use of codeine analgesics.

 

The program could in future be expanded to include any S4 and S8 medication subject to abuse, such as benzodiazepines and opiates.

 

The PEP was officially launched in Melbourne by the Federal Member for Kooyong, Josh Frydenberg, along with Painaustralia CEO Lesley Brydon.

 

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