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More doctors are ditching the old prescription pad
San Francisco Chronicle

Doctors increasingly are ditching the prescription pad. The latest count shows more than a third of the nation’s prescriptions now are electronic. The government has been pushing doctors to e-prescribe, in part because it can be safer for patients. Drugstores don’t have to decipher messy handwriting. And ordering via computer lets the doctor see if the new drug will interact badly with one the patient already takes. Starting this year, Medicare is cutting payments to certain doctors who stick with paper.

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