Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Some Facts about B.C.'S PharmaNet as a Mother Calls for Better Use of System

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Some Facts about B.C.'S PharmaNet as a Mother Calls for Better Use of System

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Some facts about B.C.'s drug-monitoring PharmaNet

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VANCOUVER - Some facts about PharmaNet, British Columbia's unique network that records information about prescription medications:

-- PharmaNet was launched by the Health Ministry in 1995 mostly as a billing system, but it became recognized as a valuable tool to access prescription records.

-- PharmaNet has been available in emergency departments since the 1990s.

-- The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia made its use compulsory in walk-in clinics and methadone clinics in 2016 after the province declared a public health emergency in response to increasing overdose deaths.

-- Doctors say PharmaNet has great potential but an installation fee, monthly charges of about $10, and its time-consuming process are disincentives.

-- The college says it is committed to making PharmaNet use mandatory for all doctors but the government must first enhance the system to allow for quick access. …

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