New York State switches to paperless prescriptions
Prescription medications are on a shelf in the pharmacy department of a New York State pharmacy on March 21, 2016. Instead of handing patients slips of paper, physicians soon must electronically send orders directly to pharmacies for everything from antibiotics to cholesterol pills to painkillers, with some exceptions. As of March 27, it will be mandatory for health care providers to issue electronic prescriptions for controlled and non-controlled substances. Otherwise, prescribers face the possibility of fines, license loss or even jail. The requirement is meant to fight painkiller abuse, reduce errors and expand a practice that doctors and patients often find convenient. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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