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Electronic Prescription Filings Prompt Debates

December 5, 2007

Thousands of doctors and pharmacies are writing and accepting prescriptions over the Internet, but there is a federal ban on e-prescribing some of the most dangerous drugs.

The government’s concern is that drug traffickers could break into the system and write bogus prescriptions for controlled substances and then sell them on the street.

Advocates said not only are e-prescriptions convenient, but by automatically checking for bad drug interactions, they are reducing the estimated 1.5 million medical errors reported each year.

“There is no question consumers are going to be better off in this country with the pharmacists not reading my handwriting,” said doctor and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

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