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Congress Approves ePrescribing Initiative in Medicare Reform Bill: Critical Catalyst in Driving a New Generation of Prescribing
Date:7/11/2008

e commend five members of Congress who showed the foresight and leadership to spearhead this initiative: Senate Finance Committee members John Kerry (D-Mass.) and John Ensign (R-Nev.) and House of Representatives members Allyson Schwartz (D-Penn.), Jon Porter (R-Nev.) and Lois Capps (D-Calif.)," Snow said.

Although surveys reveal that 90 percent of physicians support ePrescribing, fewer than 1 in 10 currently use the life-saving technology.

Medco, in one of the largest ePrescribing pilots in America and in collaboration with several partners in Southeast Michigan, revealed that:

-- Nearly 65 percent of physicians reported changing a prescription due to safety alerts transmitted through the system.

-- 75 percent of physicians said the technology improved safety for their patients.

-- Approximately 70 percent were very satisfied with the ease of identifying drug-to-allergy and drug-to-drug interactions.

It is estimated that over the next 10 years, up to 80 percent of prescriptions will be transmitted electronically.

"Medicare has traditionally served as a critical tipping point for the broad adoption of new medical practices," said Snow. "As doctors begin using these technologies for their Medicare patients, they will, predictably, use those technologies across their entire patient populations."

About Medco

Medco Health Solutions, Inc., (NYSE: MHS) is the nation's leading pharmacy benefit manager based on its 2007 total net revenues of more than $44 billion. Medco's prescription drug benefit programs, covering approximately one-in-five Americans, are designed to drive down the cost of pharmacy health care for private and public employers, health plans, labor unions and government agenci
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