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US should move to e-prescribing

24th July 2006

14032006_PillPackets1s.jpgMedication errors could be prevented if all prescribers and pharmacies move to using e-prescriptions, a committee of US experts have said.

The Institute of Medicine’s committee on identifying and preventing medication errors has concluded from studies that there are over 1.5m preventable "adverse drug events" (ADEs) in the US every year. In a report just published, the committe says that greater use of information technology in prescribing and dispensing medicines is one of the main steps that should be taken to reduce errors.

It recommends e-prescribing should be adopted universally in the US by 2010 using systems that follow the patient through the system from the hospital to their doctor’s surgery or from the nursing home to the pharmacy to avoid handover errors which are frequently found in the current disparate system.

The report also suggests the drug industry and federal agencies should look at drug nomenclature to avoid errors that occur when two different drugs have names that look or sound very similar.


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