PGA Newsletter – Vol.1 No.31 November 2011
Doctors and pharmacists want improved drug interaction alerts
A National Prescribing Service (NPS) survey has identified a number of improvements for drug interaction alerts in prescribing and dispensing software to better meet the information needs of GPs and pharmacists.
Results from the survey to find out what GPs and pharmacists want in drug interaction alerts in prescribing and dispensing software have been published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA).
The three most important things GPs and pharmacists would like addressed in drug interaction alerts are:
• Increasing the relevance of drug interaction alerts to practice;
• Improving the format and presentation of drug interaction alerts; and
• Differentiation of drug interaction alerts by severity.
NPS found that GPs and pharmacists value decision support for potential drug interactions, but the information and its presentation could be improved.
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