SureScripts and RxHub agree to merger to boost e-prescribing

July 2, 2008

To date, getting physicians to order medications electronically has been slow to take off.

Until now, getting physicians to order medications electronically has been slow to take off. But a new merger between SureScripts and RxHub is expected to give the practice a shot in the arm. Hitherto rivals, SureScripts and RxHub have agreed to join forces under the new name of SureScripts-RxHub. As a result of this merger, physicians should be able to prescribe and obtain information on formularies and patient drug histories--all done electronically. The new entity is using the recruiter Spencer Stuart to search for a CEO. SureScripts was formed in 2001 by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association, while RxHub, also established in 2001, is a joint venture of CVS Caremark Corp., Express Scripts, and Medco Health Solutions. The news of the merger comes in the wake of a recent proposal by the Drug Enforcement Administration that would allow the electronic ordering of controlled substances if safeguards are met.

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