Navigation Links
Researchers Examine Safety of Internet Prescriber Service Providing Erectile Dysfunction Medications
Date:8/12/2008

ROCHESTER, Minn., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Online Internet shopping today offers many benefits. You can research a product in the privacy of your own home and purchase most anything by clicking a mouse. But should we be allowed to buy prescription drugs via the Internet, bypassing a traditional office visit or conversation with a physician? In the August issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers from Utah and several colleagues compare the relative safety of two systems -- an online prescribing service versus traditional physician consultation -- for patients seeking medication to treat erectile dysfunction.

Online prescribing, also called e-medicine prescribing, is relatively new in the United States. Patient demand for these services appears to be growing, but the researchers acknowledge that the health care industry "has appropriately raised serious concerns about the safety of prescribing over the Internet." In 2002, the state of Utah signed a contract with an Internet prescribing service to prescribe erectile dysfunction drugs called PDE-5 inhibitors. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability of a man to maintain a firm erection long enough to have sex.

The researchers randomly selected 1,000 patient medical records from patients seeking ED treatment from Jan. 1, 2001 to Dec. 31, 2005. Half (500) of these patients used the online prescriber (the e-medicine group), and 500 consulted a physician (the traditional medicine group) for treatment.

Using statistical analyses, the researchers compared the safety of both approaches -- e-medicine versus traditional medicine -- in treating patients who have ED. The safety comparisons looked at a number of criteria, including prescription appropriateness, how often the prescribers used a diagnostic tool called the International Index of Erectile Questions (IIEQs) and the level of patient education provided by prescribers.

Evaluating both systems for these safety criteria, the researchers concluded that the e-medicine system "outperformed the traditional system in most of the safety variables tested." One area in which the e-medicine system appeared to excel was patient education. The authors noted that 100 percent of the e-medicine clients received written manufacturer product information, and 75.2 percent of e-medicine clients received tailored electronic messages. In comparison, study data showed that no medication instructions were recorded for 51.8 percent of patients who received prescriptions via a traditional physician consultation.

"Innovation, technology and current medical practice all factor into the outcome of this study," note the authors. "Application of an expert interview system specifically targeted to erectile dysfunction along with a continuous platform for patient client-physician communications make this particular Internet system comparable to traditional medical practice."

The researchers acknowledge that additional research is needed to confirm these results. They also recommend that state regulatory agencies "consider using the regulatory model of oversight protections implemented by the state of Utah to license Internet prescribing companies."

Authors include: Mark Munger, Pharm.D., and Gregory Stoddard, from the University of Utah - Salt Lake City; Allen Wenner, M.D., West Columbia's Doctor Family Medicine, Lexington, SC; John Bachman, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; John Jurige, M.D., University of Louisville in Kentucky; and Laura Poe and Diana Baker, Utah State Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Salt Lake City.

A peer-review journal, Mayo Clinic Proceedings publishes original articles and reviews dealing with clinical and laboratory medicine, clinical research, basic science research and clinical epidemiology. Mayo Clinic Proceedings is published monthly by Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research as part of its commitment to the medical education of physicians. The journal has been published for more than 80 years and has a circulation of 130,000 nationally and internationally. Articles are available online at http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.com.

To obtain the latest news releases from Mayo Clinic, go to http://www.mayoclinic.org/news. MayoClinic.com (http://www.mayoclinic.com) is available as a resource for your health stories.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Mayo Clinic
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Researchers examine safety of Internet prescriber service providing erectile dysfunction medications
2. Tiny molecule helps control blood-vessel development, UT Southwestern researchers find
3. Researchers Hunt Normal Cells That Give Rise to Cancer
4. Researchers to begin study aimed at helping Latino HIV patients
5. Researchers report periodontal disease independently predicts new onset diabetes
6. Researchers Find Genes That Influence West Nile Virus
7. Researchers unveil vital key to cancer
8. Researchers find differences in swallowing mechanism of Rett syndrome patients
9. Dartmouth researchers say too many children see extreme violence in movies
10. Penn researchers find a new role for a Foxy Old Gene
11. U of M researchers find cerebral malaria may be a major cause of brain injury in African children
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... 07, 2016 , ... Students attending Envision’s summer 2017 ... get hands-on experience in an emergency medical simulation, When Care is Hours Away. ... real-life medical skills that are critical success in a future career and beyond. ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... Kenall Manufacturing, a leader in sealed healthcare ... The MPCNGX is a multi-function, sealed, LED luminaire that meets the needs of everyone ... when it’s needed. , A 2’ x 4’ model features four modes: ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... wrinkles and deep lines by smoothing and tightening the skin of the face ... there to address facial aging with very little downtime, Silhouette Instalift is a ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... up with a schizophrenic mother in a unique, personal perspective through animation. ... treating trauma and addictive disorders at her private psychotherapy practice. Sheri’s mother, Pearl, ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... ... In the early morning of October 30, Newton County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin ... control of his patrol car. The vehicle overturned into an embankment, causing White to ... Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries. Justin White leaves behind his ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global ... - Forecast to 2025" report to their offering. ... , , ... a CAGR of around 3.2% from 2015 to 2025. Some of ... extracellular microelectrode arrays and intracellular microelectrodes, research in left-to-right shunt detection ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , Dec. 8, 2016  Valeant Pharmaceuticals ... TSX: VRX) ("Valeant") today announced positive results from ... study to assess the safety and efficacy of ... treatment of plaque psoriasis. Within ... with moderate to severe psoriasis, IDP-118 showed statistical ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , 8. Dezember 2016 Mederi Therapeutics Inc . hat die ... nicht-operative Behandlungsmethode für gastroösophageale Refluxerkrankung (GERD) – in China ... ... Live Stretta procedure performed ... Liu, Director of Endoscopy at Wuhan Union Hospital ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: