Monday, January 15, 2007

Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia supports e Prescribing

Once this goes through, there will only be two states not supporting e Prescribing and its advantages. SV

West Virginia is one of only three states in the country with laws preventing the fully automated electronic prescription of medication, but that could soon change.

In his State of the State speech Wednesday, Gov. Joe Manchin highlighted so called “e-prescriptions” as one of his key health care initiatives, and by Friday morning, a bill allowing the practice had been introduced in the Senate.

Sending prescriptions electronically from physicians’ offices to pharmacies could cut down on error, reduce abuse of prescription drugs and potentially save West Virginia millions of dollars annually, according to advocates.

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