07 Dec '11, 6am

Insomnia drug maybe recorded in central registry

Insomnia drug maybe recorded in central registry

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health (MOH) is seeking feedback on a proposed move to make it mandatory for doctors to enter details of patients they prescribe benzodiazepines to. Benzodiazepines are drugs administered for anxiety, insomnia and other medical conditions. The feedback exercise is on from December 7 to January 7 2012. MOH said it is proposing that all doctors in clinics and hospital outpatient services enter dispensing details for benzodiazepines into a Central Drug Prescribing Registry (CDPR) system. It said this will assist regulators in monitoring prescribing patterns and also enable identification of patients who "doctor-hop" to obtain these drugs. The Ministry said patients on benzodiazepines can develop a dependency for the drug if it's used inappropriately on a long term basis. Forty-two doctors were dealt with from 2007 to 2010 for inappropriately prescri...

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