New Site Promotes Electronic Prescriptions

Top e-retailers are among a group of merchants and pharmacy chains that have banded together to promote the use of electronic prescriptions to enhance the prescription fulfillment process. They’ve launched a web site,, to educate consumers about e-prescriptions and help them determine if their physicians and pharmacies can communicate electronically.CVS Corp., No.83 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide, Walgreen Co., No. 71, and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., No. 13, are among the merchants and pharmacy chains behind the initiative. Others include Duane Reade, Giant Food, Kerr Drug, Longs Drugs, Rite Aid, Stop & Shop and Supervalu Pharmacies.

The group is part of the Pharmacy Health Information Exchange, operated by SureScripts. The exchange is a national electronic network that facilitates e-prescriptions and the transmission of related medical information. – Daily News for Tuesday, May 6, 2008.

Unfortunately, not all doctors in the Frederick area are set up to submit prescriptions electronically (mine isn’t). If yours is, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:

  • Prescriptions are sent from your doctor’s computer directly to your pharmacy. (No prescription orders to misplace between the doctor’s office and the pharmacy–and no delays while the pharmacy contacts your doctor because they can’t decipher his/her handwriting.)

  • Prescriptions arrive at the pharmacy before you leave your doctor.

  • No prescriptions to drop off.

  • Service provided at no cost.