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To write a prescription now, I go through a couple menus and enter the prescription information into our EMR. The EMR automatically performs its version of checking for drug interactions, and requires electronic acknowledgement of any interactions before the prescription can be entered.

Most prescriptions are then electronically transmitted to the pharmacy. The EMR requires a hard copy for ANY controlled substances, and those are printed for an ink signature.

While the government's implementation of the EMR requirement has been a bit heavy-handed, the overall results are good. The "unreadable handwriting" problem is pretty much in the past, which is good, as my writing hasn't improved with age.


My handwriting is pretty good but I still applauded the "incentives" to do this....even though it would've been a bit budensome for me.

This site isn't so much designed for patients to check for possible drug interactions, though, as to provide for a supposedly more efficient/timely/effective system of raising an early red flag on side effects.......seeing as the pharmaceutical industry is apparently making a concerted effort to "off" us all in cahoots with shills from *Official Medicine*.

That cute boy Ben Goldacre has a new book due out in the US in Feb. http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Pharma-Companies-Mislead-Patients/.... I'm get my copy a little earlier for Christmas from my SIL in England (along with my "I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that..." tee shirt)
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