Instead of writing out prescriptions, many doctors now use electronic prescriptions. There are positives and negatives to both, and many in the health community have differing views on this matter. Some say that electronic prescriptions drastically reduce patients receiving the wrong medication; others say that electronic prescribing is far from perfect.
E-prescribing benefits include:
- Reduces a pharmacist’s chance of misreading a hard-to-read written prescription.
- Reduces the amount of time pharmacists have to be on the phone clarifying prescriptions.
- Improves efficiency at a pharmacy.
Electronic prescription shortfalls include:
- Not selecting the correct drug in the computer.
- Not choosing the right drug strength from the drop-down menu.
- May take doctors more time.
While illegibility is no longer a problem with e-prescriptions, issues selecting the right drug or dosage of medication from the drop down menus are issues with electronic prescribing.
If you or someone you love was prescribed the wrong drug or a pharmacist filled the wrong medication, even with this technological advancement in place, you have rights. You should not allow those who should be safely practicing medicine to get away with being negligent. To find out how to hold parties responsible for their wrongs, call the pharmacy error attorneys at Kennedy Hodges 888-526-7616 for a free consultation today and fill out an online website form to receive a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.