Electronic Prescribing commenced in 2020 to assist in improving medicines safety and provide new options and convenience for patients and their medicine supply.
An electronic prescription is a digital version of a paper prescription.
Electronic prescribing is not mandatory and patients still have a choice to receive either an electronic or a paper prescription from their prescriber (but not both). Electronic prescribing will continue to support a patient’s right to choose their prescriber and pharmacy to supply their medicines.
Both electronic and paper prescriptions will need to comply with the relevant Commonwealth & State and Territory legislation requirements.
See here for more details on Electronic Prescribing
Active Ingredient Prescribing
The Department of Health and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs have made legislative amendments to require the inclusion of active ingredient name(s) on all PBS and Repatriation PBS (RPBS) prescriptions from 1 February 2021.