Prescription Refills

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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The entire process of prescription writing is accelerated by electronic communication, which eliminates the present, time-consuming process of handwriting and hand carrying prescriptions. Electronic hand-held devices enable physicians to access patient information and medical records without leaving the patient to find records stored elsewhere. Computers, tablets, and personal digital assistants (PDAs) can let the physician tap into formularies, drug descriptions, proper dosages, and other critical information before writing a prescription for a particular patient.

Informed Prescription Writing

In other words, physicians can now be fully informed about relevant medical details of the patient's history, as well as about the drug being prescribed. Drug and food interactions, allergic reactions, and drug indications can be accessed instantly. With complete patient records of surgeries, chronic conditions, and hospitalizations, a physician can prescribe with confidence knowing this specific drug is appropriate for the patient.

Having immediate access to formularies means the physician can examine known contraindications about a drug, and can match the patient profile with the benefits and adverse reactions of the drug. Writing prescriptions in real time with electronic systems is a fast process because there is no wasted time. The actual composition of the prescription takes about five seconds once all the necessary medical information is considered.

Obtaining refills is equally as fast because all the pharmacist must do is contact the prescribing physician using the electronic communication system. No phone calls need to be made, and no time wasted on waiting for a response. The efficiency of ePrescribing is unquestioned, and it saves valuable time for physician, patient, and pharmacist.


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