To the 20 bipartisan members of Congress who signed this letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging them to not block the electronic labeling of prescription drugs, we thank you! Modernizing would save 4.8 million trees each year and allow for real-time updates to safety information for patients.
Read the full letter here!
Thank you again Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, David McKinley, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, Billy Long, Paul D. Tonko, US Rep Nanette Diaz Barragán, Rep. Adrian Smith, Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Rep Josh Gottheimer, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr., Deborah Ross, Rep. Tom O’Halleran, Bill Johnson, Donald M. Payne Jr., Rep. John Curtis, Richard Hudson, Fred Upton, Congressman Bobby L. Rush, and Robin Kelly!
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New in Insider NJ: Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, Rep. Adam Kinzinger Lead Bipartisan Letter to House Appropriations Committee Urging Them Not to Block E-Labeling of Prescription Drugs
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"If a practitioner does obtain an actual paper package insert, he or she must unfold what might be a huge piece of paper that contains information printed in type so small that it requires a magnifying glass to read."
Seems cumbersome, huh? It’s also wasteful. 4.8 million trees are wasted each year to produce paper that contains information easily and readily available online. Read more below. www.statnews.com/2021/04/23/congress-abolish-outdated-paper-prescribing-for-clinicians/https://ww… … See MoreSee Less
Surescripts released its annual report, which shows that in 2020, nearly 100% of prescriptions were sent to the pharmacy electronically. 84% of prescribers used electronic prescribing in 2020, up from 79% in 2019. It’s clear we need to remove outdated paper mandates for prescribing information.
Check out the report here!
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Former associate director for policy at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research writes in STAT News that in 2005, the FDA began to provide electronic prescribing information to the NIH for posting on the National Library of Medicine’s DailyMed website. There, prescribing labels can be updated within days of a labeling change, as opposed to a delay of months — or years — until the same change reaches the paper label.
"DailyMed should have made the practice of printing paper labels obsolete. So why does the #FDA still require companies to provide paper labeling, given that this information is of little use to patients and ignored by health care providers? The answer lies with Congress which, at the behest of the paper industry and companies that specialize in printing and folding label inserts, has perennially blocked the FDA from following through with a proposed 2014 rule to eliminate the paper requirement and require electronic distribution of prescribing information."
Read more about the need for modernization here. www.statnews.com/2021/04/23/congress-abolish-outdated-paper-prescribing-for-clinicians/ … See MoreSee Less
For #earthday, we’ve released a new video, highlighting the incredible amount of waste associated with paper prescribing information.
The video highlights how paper prescribing information, which is available online for pharmacists to access, wastes 90 billion sheets of paper, or 4.8 million trees, each year, while the online version delivers the most updated information, is available in realtime, and is far easier for providers to access. Let’s fix it. … See MoreSee Less
Did you know 6 billion prescriptions are filled in the US yearly with an average of 30 pages of prescribing information affixed to the pharmacist’s medicine bottles?
Accessing this info online would save 4.8 billion trees annually. 🌳🌲🌴🌱🌳🌲🌴🌱
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