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

, 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.

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