Electronic prescribing reduces drug costs

Electronic prescribing systems can significantly reduce drug bills, US research suggests.

(Photograph: iStockphoto/René Mansi)

The researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, evaluated the first year of implementation of an e-prescribing system in community-based medical practices. The system included formulary decision support encouraging prescribers to choose cheaper medicines when a choice of treatments was available.

Prescribers who used the electronic prescribing system prescribed 3.3% more medicines in the cheapest drug category (those with the lowest co-payment).

‘Although the size of the effect may appear modest, the potential financial effect is substantial,’ the researchers say. ‘Our results suggest there are important economic gains achievable through the broader use of e-prescribing with formulary decision.’

Although, they add, prescribers need to adopt such systems fully for gains to be realised.


Comment below and tell us what you think


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Just published

X-ray sign

Spike in TB cases prompts public health warning

Cases of TB in England have risen by 7% compared with last year, prompting a warning...

COVID-19 vaccine

GPs demand investigation as winter vaccine 'mismanagement' risks patient safety

GP leaders in England have demanded an investigation into 'mismanagement' of this...

Medical centre sign

GP 'engineering' fears as small practice contracts offered on branch-only basis

GP leaders have raised concerns over the 'engineering' of general practice after...

Close up of BMA official picket armband

SAS doctors in England to hold indicative ballot on strike action

Specialist, associate specialist and specialty (SAS) doctors in England could join...

BMA sign

BMA to oppose expansion of physician associate roles amid safety concerns

Doctors' leaders will oppose government plans to expand use of physician associates...

Doctor strikes

Public strongly back talks and new pay offer to end doctor strikes

The general public believe the government should reopen talks to end doctor strikes...