Prescribing medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic

Information for GPs and other prescribers about medicines and COVID-19 | Updated regularly as the situation changes.

Prescribing medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, your practice is operating under some different regulations and conditions. Find out more here.

 

Antiviral medicines and the treatment of COVID-19

A range of different medicines are currently being trialed for potential treatment or prevention of COVID-19 infection. One group of medicines under investigation are antiviral medicines, some experimental and others already in use. Read more about the current evidence for remdesivir, lopinavir/ritonavir and oseltamivir.

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Electronic prescribing to improve safety during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

Electronic prescribing is part of a wider government strategy to support safer medicine management and improve the efficiency of the PBS. It will not be mandatory, but provides prescribers and their patients with a safe and secure alternative choice to paper prescriptions. 

Read more about the initiative

 

Dexamethasone and COVID-19

Dexamethasone is being hailed in the media as the 'world's first coronavirus treatment proven to reduce risk of death'. Here's what we know about this medicine.

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Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19

In response to international interest in the use of hydroxychloroquine for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, we look at emerging evidence, current guidelines and whether hydroxychloroquine is actually a ‘miracle drug’ that will save lives during this pandemic. This article will be regularly updated.

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Australian Prescriber has addressed the ethical dimensions of prescribing this medicine in an editorial.

Principles of ethical prescribing for self and others: Hydroxychloroquine in the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Medicines view available in My Health Record

Another source of important medicines information to support a telehealth consultation is the ‘Medicines View’ in My Health Record.

Over 22.7 million people have a My Health Record, and clinicians using securely connected hospital, general practice and pharmacy systems are able to view medicines and allergy information in the system. This can provide an important overview of medicines and allergy information for people and their healthcare providers.

The ‘Medicines View’ in My Health Record is a single summary view that pulls together medicines and allergies information from any sources where it exists in a patient’s record. This may include

  • a Shared Health Summary (GP-entered)
  • a Pharmacist Shared Medicines List (pharmacist-entered)
  • the Personal Health Record (patient-entered)
  • Discharge Summaries from hospitals
  • Prescribe and Dispense documents (from connected GP and pharmacy systems) and
  • PBS data, which is contained in the Medicare Overview of My Health Record.

For more information, visit the My Health Record website