Project STOP provides pharmacists with a decision support system to assist in making
judgements regarding supply of products containing pseudoephedrine. It helps pharmacists
make informed decisions and avoid value judgements based on purely superficial qualities,
like physical appearance. At the same time, it allows pharmacies to record sales
of pseudoephedrine products.
In addition to this, Project STOP also allows police and other authorities to track
the movements of potential pseudoephedrine runners. Data from all participating
pharmacies is collected centrally and this can then be monitored by law enforcement
agencies and health regulators to look for inappropriate patterns of use. The collected
data is graphically depicted using a Global Positioning System (GPS), which demonstrates
where these activities are taking place. This system of tracking sales of pseudoephedrine
in real-time is the first of its kind in the world.
Project STOP commenced in November 2005 and was implemented in a state-wide pilot
of Queensland pharmacies. It currently has an uptake of 85 per cent of Queensland
A funding agreement with the Attorney General’s Department has been reached for
a national roll out of the system, with all States and Territories committing to
the project. The national roll out of Project Stop commenced in April 2007.
Project STOP Here.