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Consumers, Businesses, Unions, and Medical Professionals: Time for Congress to Act on E-Prescribing Legislation

E-MEDS Act Would Require Electronic Prescribing in Medicare

WASHINGTON, May 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a strong signal of support, a broad group of consumers, employers, unions, and medical professionals have signed a letter to Congressional leaders urging passage of legislation that would require electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) in Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association announced today.

"This broad support for an e-prescribing requirement in Medicare underscores how important this issue is in the current Medicare debate," said PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt. "E-prescribing saves lives and money, and is the first step toward broader health IT reform."

Supporters of the "Medicare Electronic Medication and Safety Protection (E-MEDS) Act of 2007" include:

Consumer/Labor Groups



Consumers Union

National Consumers League

National Partnership for Women & Families


Business/Public Purchasers


Caterpillar Inc.

Cisco Systems

Corporate Health Care Coalition


The Dow Chemical Company


The ERISA Industry Committee

Ford Motor Company

General Motors Corporation

HR Policy Association

Information Technology Industry Council

National Business Group on Health

National Retail Federation

NCR Corporation


Public Sector HealthCare Roundtable

Southeastern Michigan ePrescribing Initiative (SEMI)

Texas Instruments


Verizon Communications

Xerox Corporation

Prescription Drug Stakeholders

Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA)


Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

BlueCross BlueShield Association


CVS Caremark

Coalition for a Competitive Pharmaceutical Market

Express Scripts, Inc.

Generic Pharmaceutical Association

Medco Health Solutions, Inc.

Mylan Inc.

National Association of Chain Drug Stores

Teva Pharmaceuticals

United Health Group


Medical Professionals

American Medical Group Association

The bipartisan "Medicare Electronic Medication and Safety Protection (E-MEDS) Act of 2007" would require e-prescribing in Medicare. The E-MEDS Act was introduced by Senate Finance Committee Members John Kerry (D-Mass.) and John Ensign (R-Nev.), and enjoys support from 12 additional co-sponsors, including Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), John Sununu (R-NH), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). Companion legislation was introduced in the House by Representatives Allyson Schwartz (D-Penn.) and Jon Porter (R-Nev.), and currently has 29 total co-sponsors.

Copy of letter available at


PCMA is the national association representing America's pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which administer prescription drug plans for more than 210 million Americans with health coverage provided through Fortune 500 employers, health insurance plans, labor unions, and Medicare Part D.

SOURCE Pharmaceutical Care Management Association
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