Navigation Links
New Report: Dangerous Drug Side Effects and Deaths Doubled Since 1998... Seniors Hit Hardest
Date:9/11/2007

PCMA: Time to Require E-Prescribing in Medicare

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report that finds dangerous drug side effects and deaths - particularly among seniors - have more than doubled since 1998 underscores the urgency for Congress to act now to require electronic (e) prescribing in Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) said today.

"This study found that seniors are disproportionately affected by serious adverse drug events, which underscores why we need to require e-prescribing in Medicare immediately. Requiring e-prescribing in Medicare could prevent up to 1.9 million medication errors over the next decade," said PCMA President & CEO Mark Merritt.

The report, published in this week's issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, analyzed serious adverse drug events received by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between January 1998 and December 2005, including death, disability and hospitalizations. The study found 467,809 such occurrences during the period studied, with the number of deaths due to drugs spiking from 5,519 to 15,107.

PCMA recently released a study from the Gorman Health Group that found requiring e-prescribing in Medicare could prevent up to 1.9 million medication errors over the next decade. E-prescribing technology helps consumers avoid adverse drug events by providing physicians with a comprehensive patient medication history and automatic electronic safety alerts before the prescription is sent to the pharmacy.

"By providing physicians with real-time safety alerts and their patients' medication history, e-prescribing prevents dangerous drug-to-drug interactions and doctor shopping," added Merritt.

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
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Access Economics Report: Alarming Rise in Dementia
2. Antibiotics Dangerous for Diarrhoea in Children Caused by E.Coli
3. Dangerous food bacteria
4. Breaking up Dangerous Clots
5. Weight-loss Products Dangerous
6. Low-Tar Cigarettes As dangerous As High-Tar Cigarettes
7. Human Growth Hormone Found To be Dangerous For Human Use
8. Mixing Ginseng and Blood Thinners Might Be Dangerous
9. Swallowing Magnets Found To Be Dangerous for Kids
10. Vaginal Birth After C-section Dangerous For Both Mother And Baby
11. Antibiotics help combat dangerous tropical disease
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/22/2017)... ... August 22, 2017 , ... “Covert Awakening”: Walid’s spiritual journey ... author, Julianne Hale, a consultant for the Intelligence Community. For more than ... the Near East region. Julianne has written hundreds of reports for the ...
(Date:8/22/2017)... ... August 22, 2017 , ... John Stewart joins Privis Health ... for t4 Leadership Development & Consulting. He has spent his career focusing on ... leadership development, servant leadership, data driven process improvement, and supportive technology. These key ...
(Date:8/22/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 22, 2017 , ... “Call Of ... Duty” is the creation of published author, C.S. Lizarde. Growing up on the ... untimely trials. When Carlos began to apply the Biblical keys to his life, ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... , ... PracticeMatch, a company that provides online resources , job ... practitioners like nurse practitioners and physician assistants , will conduct its ... year. The online career fairs will allow job seekers to connect with healthcare employers ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... August 22, 2017 , ... ... Stevens as a 2017-2018 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year ... is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/7/2017)... , Aug. 7, 2017 Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: ... Joel Saban as president, effective Aug. 7, 2017. ... has decided to pursue other interests and will serve as ... tenure, Paul has served us in multiple leadership roles since ... in Jun. 2015 and has provided decisive, strategic leadership which ...
(Date:8/4/2017)... 4, 2017 The search for test results ... physician/patient consult has long been the goal of healthcare ... focus of the largest meeting of lab professionals and ... market research firm Kalorama Information.  The firm said scores ... or related supplies and software were at the American ...
(Date:8/2/2017)... AROMAS, Calif. , Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... by Continental Who,s Who as a Pinnacle Lifetime ... currently the Key Account Manager at Turing Pharmaceuticals, ... communications, negotiations, troubleshooting and relationship building.                ... has more than 25 years of experience ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: