Prescribing Authority Medications

Brief Overview

This article will go through creating an authority medication both with the MIMS integrated option and without. 

 

Short Version

 

Instructions

1. Open a consult by double-clicking the patient appointment or by using the Quick Consult icon.

2. Go to the Current Consult tab and select the plus sign in Current Medications.

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If using MIMS Integrated:

1. Search for the drug name in the Medications field, and find the option that contains the word Authority within the description. 

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2. If it is a Streamlined authority, the authority code will be displayed on the right-hand side. This code needs to be entered into the Authorisation Approval Number field. 

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Note: You can use the PBS website to find all streamlined authority numbers here

3. If it is not a streamlined medication, you will need to acquire the code by calling the number provided and enter it within the screen below in the Authorisation Approval Number field. The phone number to call and the reference number to provide over the phone will display at the top of the medications pop up. 

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MIMS will indicate whether two currently prescribed medications will interact with one another.

You can select the severity that you’d like to be notified for by going to Settings > My Settings > User Settings > MIMS Drug Interaction Settings

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Once you have set the severity, an alert will appear when prescribing a medication that interacts with another currently prescribed medication (MIMS will consider the dosages prescribed when determining interactions).

 

If not using MIMS Integrated

1. If this is the first time you are prescribing this medication you will first need to create this before it can be prescribed. Click the plus sign next to Medications.

2. Add the details of the drug. Make sure that in the Code field you select Authority.

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Note: The Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) is subsided by the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), and can be used for veterans who have DVA White, Gold or Orange Cards.

3. Click Save

4. This newly created drug will now be available in the Medications search field. 

5. You will need to acquire the Authority code by calling the number provided and enter it within the Authorisation Approval Number field. The phone number to call and the reference number to provide over the phone will display at the top of the medications pop up. 

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Note: You can use the PBS website to find all streamlined Authority numbers here 

 

Saving and Printing Medications

1. If this is a medication that you prescribe on a regular basis click Save as Favourite and add a name. Next time you need to prescribe this medication you can select it from the Favourites field, this will reduce time spent re-entering the medication details. 

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2. Click Save & Print to print the prescription straight away or Save to save the medication to the patient file for printing later. 

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