Kelly PlattsmOP-ED by Kelly Platt

Since the start of the Mandatory E-prescribing on March 27th 2016 from doctors offices to pharmacies has electronic prescribing has been plagued by numerous interface problems and communications gaps between physician offices and pharmacies. Some of the deficiencies reflect underlying structural problems in the electronic prescribing software that many physicians use.
Many patients are furious over this new mandate and not being able to shop around for prescription medication prices that fits their budget. They are stuck with one pharmacy. Once at a doctor’s office, you give him a name and number to the pharmacy, where the doctor then sends through an electronic transmission of your prescription.
Another issues that was brought up on the e-prescribing was patients going to their preferred pharmacy of their choice after leaving their doctors office and finding out that their prescription was not ready or was not yet received. Also this process is yet causing for long lines at the pharmacy pick up counter or the pharmacy experiencing some irate customers are waiting for their prescriptions for over an hour or more after leaving the physician’s office . Biggest issues pharmacies are having is the manpower that is not available. Three-quarters of the physician’s offices have been experiencing difficulties in prescribing electronically to mail-order companies. This has become problematic with maintenance prescriptions sent directly to Mail order pharmacies where the patient needs to start a particular medication immediately and the pharmacy is being directed that the patients prescription may only be filled by mail order. Another issue that has been a concern for pharmacists is the drug interactions or allergies the patients may experience that the physicians may not be aware of.
The upside to E-prescribing is less paperwork for the Physician and for the pharmacy to handle which may result in a prescription getting lost or misplaced. The downside is what systems do pharmacies have, in case their computer systems crash and all data is erased and gone in cyber world?
In front of a standing room only with an enthusiastic crowd, Presidential Candidate Donald Trump appeared at a Suffolk County Republican Party fundraiser hosted by Suffolk County Republican Leader John Jay LaValle and Long Island Republican leaders at the Emporium in Patchogue.
Mr. Trump spoke on bringing jobs back to Long Island and bringing more manufacturing jobs back to our area. Mr. Trump promised to rebuild our Military and fight and dismantle ISIS and to “Make America Great Again!!” Mr. Trump supports eliminating Common Core Curriculum which has become problematic for students causing students undue stress. Mr. Trump states, that education should not be about teaching children how to take high stake testing, instead, teaching them curriculum so a student becomes knowledgeable in area subjects.

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