Linking AMT and NPC: Improving Medicines Management and Safety

To ensure the safe, reliable and consistent transfer of medicines information across all points of care, it is important that standardised clinical terminology and physical product identification related to pharmaceutical products is adopted. This will assist in the provision of a trusted source of prescribed, dispensed and administered medicines information for health professionals and consumers, further contributing to high-quality sustainable healthcare.

An accessible standardised terminology is available through the use of the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT). The AMT enables national alignment of clinical concept for each medicinal product to the physical form of the product via a linkage to the Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) that identifies the physical product. The GTIN provides the primary identifier within product data and the physical marking (barcoding) of products.

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