Thursday, April 03, 2008

New Brunswick to set up online drug-control program

From CBC News:
The New Brunswick government has awarded the contract for development of an online drug control program to Medavie Blue Cross of Moncton.

Health Minister Mike Murphy made the announcement Tuesday afternoon in the provincial legislature in Fredericton.

The program will allow the province to track the use of prescribed narcotics like OxyContin, which is a group of drugs similar to morphine, and Dilaudid, a derivative of morphine.

The program will also monitor the prescribing patterns of doctors and drug patterns of patients, Murphy said.

Pharmacists will be taught how to use the new online program, Murphy said.

"All of the province's approximately 190 community pharmacies will be linked in the system, and pharmacists trained over a period of about one year," Murphy said. ...more

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