Subscribe


Pharmacy Daily

PD breaking news – Guild holds off MedsASSIST shutdown

Health Minister intervenes to support the system. 

The Pharmacy Guild has just announced it will not proceed with tonight’s planned closure of its MedsASSIST codeine decision support portal, after “high level intervention in support of the system by the Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt”.

A statement just issued by the Guild said after yesterday’s announcement about the shutdown, the minister has “expressed his strong support for continuing MedsASSIST,” particularly in the period between now and 1 February 2018, when codeine containing medicines will be up-scheduled to prescription only.

The Guild said Hunt has made it clear he is committed to working in partnership with the Guild to keep MedsASSIST operating until then, and has “committed to seeking urgent advice on the necessary steps to strengthen the regulatory underpinnings of the MedsASSIST system via discussions with the Department of Health, the Therapeutic Goods Administration and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner”.

In light of the Minister’s commitment and in good faith, the Guild has agreed to hold off the shut down until this advice is received. In the meantime all pharmacies are encouraged to continue to use MedsASSIST “as an important clinical tool to support patient safety”.

More details in tomorrow’s issue of Pharmacy Daily.


The above Breaking News Alert was sent to Pharmacy Daily subscribers on 30 Mar 17

Make a comment...



Established in 2007, Pharmacy Daily is Australia's leading pharmacy industry publication, and is sent as a free subscription to people across the industry as a PDF newsletter every weekday.

Register for Pharmacy Daily trial subscription

To sign up for a free subscription, click on the button at right.

Click here to see a sample issue of Pharmacy Daily.

Click here for more information on subscriptions.

Alternatively, you can search our site via the search box on the right hand side of the page, or find other content below.

Recent Pharmacy Daily articles

28 Jul

PD breaking news – Health minister announces national real-time prescription monitoring - Government to invest over $16 million to ...


28 Jul

Events Calendar 28 July 17 - 5-9 Aug: Medici Capital Pharmacy Snow Business ...


28 Jul

Dispensary Corner 28 July 17 - IF YOU are a diminutive animal, how ...


28 Jul

Meningococcal vax offer to Tas teens - ...


28 Jul

Strong quarter for 1st - ONLINE health, media and technoogy group 1st ...


28 Jul

Antibiotic Rx rates up - ANTIBIOTIC prescription rates in Australia are among ...


28 Jul

WA pharmacists immunisation invite - WESTERN Australian Premier Mark McGowan and state ...


28 Jul

Bittermelon alert - THE Therapeutic Goods Administration has warned that ...


28 Jul

Health IT tender call - THE Australian Government is seeking to replace ...


28 Jul

TerryWhite satisfies - ANOTHER day, another consumer satisfaction survey result ...


28 Jul

Creso’s Canada expansion - AUSTRALIAN-LISTED medicinal cannabis company Creso Pharma continues ...


28 Jul

eMIMS links to Fred NXT - MIMS Australia and Fred IT Group have ...


27 Jul

Travel Specials 27 July 17 - MSC Cruises deal of the week: MSC ...


27 Jul

Dispensary Corner 27 July 17 - FORGET melatonin, zolpidem and other sleep aids ...


27 Jul

My Health Record ramp-up - THE Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the ...


27 Jul

Asthma succession - THE National Asthma Council Australia has announced ...


27 Jul

ACP “pharmacy controversies” event - THE Australian College of Pharmacy has announced ...


27 Jul

PAH consultation - THE Health Department's public consultation process on ...


27 Jul

Canstar #1 ranking for Guardian Pharmacy - GUARDIAN Pharmacy this morning was announced as ...


27 Jul

Curtin’s new capsules - NEW research led by Curtin University pharmaceutical ...



Show Pharmacy Daily items by month: