Increase Electronic Prescribing

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According to research published in the Journal of Opioid Management, electronic prescriptions for opioids are safer. Researchers looked at 510 opioid-medication prescriptions written in June 2016 at Johns Hopkins. Errors occurred in 89 percent of handwritten prescriptions but none of the electronic health record (EHR)-generated prescriptions. An “error” is considered a deviation from Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) “best practice” guidelines and/or missing at least two forms of patient ID information. Researchers concluded, “Inconsistencies in opioid prescribing remain common. Handwritten prescriptions continue to demonstrate higher associations of errors, discrepancies, and variation from ideal practice and government regulations”.[1]

Updates with Electronic Prescribing

Walmart says that by 2020, it will require electronic prescriptions to minimize fraudulent prescriptions being used.[2]

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  1. ^ [1]Shute, D. (2017, July 7). Most Handwritten Opioid Prescriptions Flawed | HealthLeaders Media. Retrieved November 24, 2019, from
  2. ^ [2]Novak, M. (2018, May). Walmart to Limit Opioid Prescriptions to 7-Day Supply, Will Require E-Prescriptions by 2020. Retrieved November 24, 2019, from