In addition to the usual and customary electronic-prescribing supporters, a number of consumer groups and several unions joined in a letter sent urging Congress to require physicians to use electronic systems to write prescriptions for Medicare beneficiaries in little more than two years.
Fewer than one in 10 physicians currently use e-prescribing systems, 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 association 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, Service Employees International Union and 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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