Handwritten prescription orders to be replaced by mandatory electronic prescriptions

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Some customers are concerned that once mandatory electronic prescriptions kick in on March 27th, the process to pick them up will take extra long. Pharmacist Barbara Madison says in many cases doctors send them through a third party server, which can take up to an hour.

“I actually ran into this yesterday my doctor was sending in the script, I left the doctors office, went to the pharmacy and they hadn’t even received it yet,” said Andrew Poczkalski of Buffalo.

“For me it delayed my medication probably 2 days, something that I take daily. So before I could get ahold of the doctors office and have them send it to the correct pharmacy,” said Sandra Mcnally of Buffalo.

Most local pharmacies already use e-prescriptions, but by later this month practitioners will be required to do the same.

“That prescription once it’s written it’s in an electronic file so every doctor, every pharmacy will have a record that that was done because of this system,” said Doctor Raena Singh of Western New York Immediate Care.

The change is part of an effort to prevent abuse of prescription drugs.

But Pharmacist Barbara Madison says electronic prescription don’t guarantee no mistakes, “It’s very possible that you get an electronic prescription for the wrong medication for your patient because we’ve seen it.”

A drawback of the system is once a prescription is sent to a pharmacy– if it’s too expensive or not available, the doctor would have to prescribe it again to be sent to another pharmacy.

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