Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Rexall testing e-prescription system

From CBC News:
Pharmacy company Rexall said Tuesday that it is testing an "e-prescription" program at selected stores in five Canadian communities.

E-prescribing is a way for doctors to send prescriptions to a drugstore using a computer or a handheld device like a BlackBerry.

"There are proven benefits to the patient from e-prescribing, including the potential to reduce the incidence of medication and dispensing errors due to illegible prescriptions," Dr. Arif Bhimji, president of Alberta's Medicentres, said in a release issued by Rexall.

E-prescribing can cut prescribing errors, dosing errors and harm to patients, Rexall said, citing a study published in the Health Services Research Journal in June 2007. ...more

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