Published Articles

Can't say no? Lack of assertiveness may explain prescribing breaches

GPs perceived as having a 'soft touch' are being targeted by doctor-shoppers, say Australian researchers.
21 March 2019

Fears over naltrexone are unfounded, according to major review

Nevertheless, many doctors are reluctant to describe it over liver toxicity fears.
18 January 2019

SafeScript issues alerts for 3300 patients in two months

Victoria prepares to roll out the real-time script-tracking software statewide in April.
07 January 2019

More evidence of pregabalin misuse: 12-fold spike in emergency calls

Is toughening PBS criteria the solution?
26 November 2018

GPs will have to wait until March to access national script-tracking system

The national data exchange is about to go live - but some states still haven't signed up.
30 October 2018

Has the prison smoking ban actually worked?

Almost 75 per cent of people entering the prison system are smokers – six times the rate of the general population.
09 October 2018

DORA the ignorer: Prescription-tracking system failing to monitor all high-risk addictive drugs

Diazepam, quetiapine and fluoxetine contributed to ex-Navy submariner's death, says coroner.
02 October 2018

What this addiction expert really thinks of forced rehab

Dr Leon Nixon believes we all have the right to be free of unnecessary illness, including addiction.
13 September 2018

Warning over pregabalin misuse since PBS-listing

One in seven Australian patients on the drug are at high risk of abuse.
20 August 2018

Doctors referred to medical board over prescription-shopper death

A GP and an after-hours doctor face investigation over scripts following an inquest
02 August 2018