Alaska joins e-prescription program

August 22, 2007

Alaska has become the last state to join a national network that delivers electronic prescriptions to pharmacists.

The Last Frontier has become the last state to join a national network that delivers electronic prescriptions to pharmacists. Alaska's connection to the network enables Rxs to be delivered to pharmacists in all 50 states for the first time. The network, created in 2003 by SureScript Systems of Alexandria, Va., allows doctors and pharmacies throughout the nation to trade prescriptions and other data electronically. In the past year, Georgia, South Carolina, and West Virginia also joined the network. Pharmacists have touted the benefits of e-prescriptions, saying they can prevent medical errors and paperwork, and help thwart forgeries. DEA regulations, however, prohibit the electronic transmission of Rxs for some controlled substances such as oxycodone. A printed prescription for these substances is required.

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