Mandatory real-time reporting of the sale of pseudoephedrine will be introduced into South Australia, with Project STOP scheduled to be implemented in July.
Minister for health, John Hill, said the system will replace a largely paper-based monitoring system, and will alert pharmacists and authorities to people who are potentially using pseudoephedrine to create illegal drugs.
“The new system will alert pharmacists and the authorities if people are going from one pharmacy to another, accumulating large amounts of medication to be used in the manufacture of illegal drugs,” Hill said in a statement.
“Unlawful pharmaceutical shopping is a growing concern; in 2010, Drug and Alcohol Services SA issued over 260 notices to pharmacies alerting them to concerns about pseudoephedrine sales.”
The system was developed by the Pharmacy Guild and while it will not impact on pharmacy customers purchasing cold and flu medication during the winter months, Hill said it will create greater interaction amongst relevant authorities.
“Information about sales [will be] immediately available to other pharmacists, SAPOL [South Australian police] and health authorities,” Hill said.
“Customers won’t notice any change in the process and will be able to buy cold and flu products containing pseudoephedrine, providing photo identification to the pharmacist as they do now.”
The news comes as the popularity of Service SA’s online service delivery increased last week, with the South Australian government .
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