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                 July 22, 2011

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TRICARE seeks to expand use of electronic prescriptions

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (TRICARE) — One of the enduring stereotypes about doctors is that they have poor handwriting, leading to unreadable prescriptions. TRICARE is encouraging use of electronic prescriptions (E-prescribing) to ensure this does not occur while also offering more convenience for beneficiaries.

A report by the Institutes of Medicine estimates that there are 1.5 million preventable medication errors in the United States every year.

Using E-prescribing cuts down on human error and transmits accurate and legible prescriptions in electronic format straight from the doctor to the pharmacy. There is no need to fax, call-in or hand-deliver prescriptions.

TRICARE is encouraging all providers to begin using E-prescribing for TRICARE beneficiaries.

Home delivery allows TRICARE beneficiaries to have their medications shipped to them directly, saving trips to the pharmacy and cutting down further on medication error. Beneficiaries also save 66 percent on a 90-day supply of medications.

Beneficiaries should note that E-prescriptions cannot be routed to Military Treatment Facility pharmacies at this time.

To learn more about Home Delivery, go to www.tricare.mil/homedelivery. For more about e-prescriptions, visit the HHS at http://go.usa.gov/WSz.

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