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One Thing Washington Can Agree On: Time for E-Prescribing in Medicare

supporting this important health care issue being included in any Medicare package before Congress."

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that approximately 1.5 million preventable medication errors harm Americans each year and that some 7,000 people die annually as a result. To remedy this, the IOM admonished all doctors to begin e-prescribing by 2010. Surveys show that less than one in ten doctors currently choose to prescribe electronically and two-thirds don't view it as a priority.

Bipartisan momentum for the E-MEDS Act is building in the Senate with leadership from:

* Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)

* Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.)

* Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)

* Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

* Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)

* Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.)

* Sen. John Sununu (R-NH)

* Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)

* Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.)

* Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

A companion bill in the House is supported by:

* Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Penn.)

* Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.)

* Rep. John Porter (R-Nev.)

* Rep. Phil English (R-Penn.)

* Rep. Thomas Allen (D-ME)

* Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)

* Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY)

* Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.)

* Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.)

The legislation has also been strongly endorsed by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA). A broad coalition of consumer, union, business, purchaser groups, and other prescription drug stakeholders is also calling on Congress to ensure that physicians use e-prescribing in Medicare by 2010.

The letter and poll are 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 provide

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