Most pharmacies can take e-prescriptions as e-prescribers jump nearly eightfold, study finds
PLAINSBORO, N.J. — More than half of prescribers are writing prescriptions electronically, according to a new study.
The study, conducted by researchers at the Washington-based Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, published in The American Journal of Managed Care, found that e-prescribers have increased nearly eightfold since four years ago. The jump was attributed to provisions in the 2009 economic stimulus bill that provided incentives for Medicare prescribers to use electronic prescribing. In numerical terms, that means the share of doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants using e-prescriptions increased from 7% to 54%, or 47,000 to 398,000.
Meanwhile, 43,000 pharmacies were able to accept electronic prescriptions at the start of the study, a figure that increased to 59,000 by December 2012. In 2009, 61% of rural pharmacies could take e-prescriptions, compared with 75%, but the gap closed last year, as the percentage of rural and urban pharmacies taking e-prescriptions increased to 93% and 94%, respectively.
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GreenLight Rx introduces easy-to-open medicine vials
SANTA ANA, Calif. — GreenLight Rx is offering a line of medicine bottles aimed at elderly people and those suffering from such conditions as arthritis, the company said.
The Santa Ana, Calif.-based manufacturer said it was working with retail pharmacies to help bring easy-to-open medicine containers to the public, particularly the EZ-pop, which comes in a variety of sizes and colors and is designed to make it easier to quickly and accurately identify medicines. According to a study by the Aging Research Center, 14.6% of older adults have difficulty opening plastic flip-top medicine bottles, and 66.3% have at least one limitation of capacity related to taking medicine.
"We have a growing population of older adults [who] find it difficult to open traditional prescription medicine containers," GreenLight Rx SVP John Kovacevich said. "Men and women with arthritis are also frustrated with their medicine vials and bottles, which are not only challenging, but can also cause great discomfort. We are working with major retail pharmacies to bring our EZ-pop containers to the public to help increase the ease of accessing medicines for millions of people."
It should be noted that most of the existing bottles used by pharmacies are indicated as child resistant closures and that patients typically can request non CRC caps that are easier to deal with but in most cases this must be a patient request.
Americans more likely than others to prefer generics, study finds
RHINEBECK, N.Y. — Consumers in the United States are more likely than those in three other countries to say they prefer to receive generic drugs over branded drugs, according to a new study.
The study, by Phoenix Marketing International, included 810 consumers from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and France. Among respondents, 37% of American consumers expressed a preference for generics when they were available, compared with 22% of those in France, 12% in the United Kingdom and 21% in Canada.
Meanwhile, 29% of the French said the quality of generics was not as high as branded drugs, compared with 14% of Americans and 11% of Britons and Canadians. Seven percent of Americans said they would feel uncomfortable taking a generic drug for a serious illness, compared with 16% of French, 21% of Britons and 13% of Canadians. Americans were also most likely to say they had no concerns about taking generic drugs.
But despite concerns about generics among French consumers, generic use in France was the highest, with 73% saying they had taken a generic drug in the past two years, compared with 70% of Americans, 54% of Canadians and 36% of Britons.
Source: Phoenix Marketing International
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