FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Drug Information System is now live in all community pharmacies across the province.

The system contains a real-time medication history for patients who have a prescription filled in any pharmacy in New Brunswick.

“This system is a key component of the One Patient, One Record vision and will help health-care professionals make better decisions for their patients’ care,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “Your government has listened to New Brunswickers and is committed to building a stronger and more vibrant health-care system. Over the last two years we have made great progress implementing our electronic health system.”

The One Patient, One Record vision involves each New Brunswicker having a single, up-to-date electronic health record that contains their important health information. Both the Drug Information System and New Brunswick Prescription Monitoring Program display a patient’s prescription information within the provincial electronic health record.

Over the next year, additional elements of the prescription monitoring program will be implemented so that alerts can be triggered in real time to help prescribers and pharmacists identify potential issues such as so-called “double-doctoring”, prescriptions being filled at multiple pharmacies, and high quantities of monitored drugs. This will allow clinicians to make safer, more informed decisions at the point of care.

To dispense prescription drugs, pharmacies will now require a person’s provincial health card (Medicare) number or federal equivalent. The provincial Medicare card is the most reliable piece of information to link a person’s medication history from all community pharmacies.

The electronic health record is a secure and private system that only authorized health-care professionals can access. Personal health information is protected under the Personal Health Information Privacy and Access Act.

More information on the Drug Information System and New Brunswick Prescription Monitoring Program can be found on the Department of Health’s website.