Published Online: Sunday, April 1, 2007

During a conference focusing on the progress being made to convert from the current paper-based prescription system to electronic prescribing (e-prescribing), officials of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association recognized Massachusetts' efforts in this area by presenting the state with their annual Safe Rx Award.

In addition to reducing the potential for medication errors, "e-prescribing... has been proven to offer significant time savings by eliminating the need for phone calls and faxes, allowing prescribers and their staffs more time to care for their patients," according to a spokesperson for the 2 pharmacy groups.

Although Massachusetts topped the list of e-prescribing states, 9 others were recognized for their progress in implementing e-prescribing systems: Rhode Island, Nevada, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, and Washington.

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