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The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. [RACGP] (2015) Prescribing drugs of dependence in general practice, Part B - benzodiazepines. Victoria: The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. 101 p.

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Drugs of dependence have important therapeutic uses, but there is a need to ensure the supply of these medicines is clinically appropriate. A key measure is accountable prescribing that can be supported by a range of strategies at the practice level. Please refer to RACGP’s Prescribing drugs of dependence in general practice, Part A – Clinical governance framework for information about these strategies.

Since 2002, approximately 7 million prescriptions for benzodiazepines have been dispensed in Australia each year, for conditions such as anxiety and insomnia. There is concern a portion of these prescriptions is causing or contributing to patient harm. This is a practical guide general practitioners (GPs) can use to minimise harm and maximise benefits to patients. Evidence-based recommendations are collated here and there is further information in the body of the guide.


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