E-Prescribing’s Dirty Little Secret

Law360, New York (May 12, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) initiatives have been underway nationwide for over five years, yet according to the December 2007 SureScripts National Progress Report on E-Prescribing, physician adoption of e-prescribing has hit a plateau at under 10%.

One of the greatest physician barriers to adoption is the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) ban on e-prescribing of controlled substances. Once considered insurmountable, staff at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is currently reviewing a draft rule, submitted by the DEA in February, that would ease the restriction and could...
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