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Letter to the Editor
Editor, – Thank you for Elizabeth de Somer's clear article explaining the complexities involved in the supply chain of medicines (Aust Prescr 2011;34:105-7).
From a prescriber's perspective, we are well informed when a medicine is discontinued, but temporary lack of supply is rarely advertised. Too often, we find out when a patient returns with an unfilled script. Similarly when supply returns to normal, prescribers are often the last to know.
It would be helpful to have access to a list of unavailable items, including at least the more common drugs. With the almost universal use of electronic prescribing, a simple alert of a supply problem could easily be incorporated into prescribing software.
Could Medicines Australia perhaps facilitate this process with the relevant software developers?
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- Pharmacy Guild of Australia. www.guild.org.au/The_Guild/tab-TheGuild/About_The_Guild/About+the+Guild.page [cited 2012 Jan 6]
- Sweidan M, Williamson M, Reeve JF, Harvey K, O'Neill JA, Schattner P, et al. Identification of features of electronic prescribing systems to support quality and safety in primary care using a modified Delphi process. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak 2010;10:21.
- Medical Software Industry Association. www.msia.com.au/?pid=25 [cited 2012 Jan 6]