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Medco launches e-prescribing pilot

Executive Summary

Pharmacy benefit manager Medco is launching a pilot electronic prescribing initiative through its stand-alone Medicare Part D plans, the company announces Feb. 12. The study will initially include 500 physicians treating enrollees in the Medco Medicare Prescription plans, which currently enroll about 415,000 members, according to CMS data. Physicians will be provided with free e-prescribing software and training. Their rate of generic drug dispensing, formulary compliance and generated safety alerts will be compared to a control group of 500 doctors who did not receive the software. Ultimately, 2,000 physicians are expected to participate in the program...

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