In addition to the usual and customary electronic-prescribing supporters, a number of consumer groups and several union organizations joined in a letter sent today urging Congress to require physicians to use electronic systems with prescriptions written to Medicare beneficiaries in little more than two years.
Fewer than one in 10 physicians currently use e-prescribing systems today, according to a written statement by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, the trade group for pharmacy benefit managers, a signatory to the letter that also issued a news release about it. Nevertheless, the group "is calling on Congress to ensure that physicians use e-prescribing in Medicare by 2010." The PCMA is joined by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, drugstore chain Walgreen Co. and the Generic Pharmaceutical Association.
Also endorsing the call were several large labor organizations, the United Auto Workers, the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO as well as consumer groups, including Families USA, Consumers Union, the National Partnership for Women & Families and the National Consumers League.
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