The Department of Health and Aged Care has informed prescribers that from 15 November e-prescriptions will no longer be possible via MediSecure. This means that general practices still connected to MediSecure will no longer be able to create new eScripts, or cancel or delete scripts previously generated in MediSecure. Furthermore, GPs at practices that haven’t yet connected to eRx will be unable to write eligible PBS eScripts and will have to revert to paper scripts.
This change follows previous calls by the Department of Health for practices to switch to eRx, currently the sole provider of e-prescribing services, following the tender announcement late last year.
eRx is now also solely managing the delivery of all electronic prescription tokens sent by SMS or email, the cost of which is being covered by the federal government under the national PDS, as well as electronic scripts stored on MediSecure servers under the data sharing arrangement between the two prescription exchanges.
Previous AMA articles: https://www.ama.com.au/ama-rounds/19-may-2023/articles/electronic-prescribing-continue-free-charge-doctors