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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article

Analysis of medication therapy discontinuation orders in new electronic prescriptions and opportunities for implementing CancelRx.

Yang Y, Ward-Charlerie S, Kashyap N, et al. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA. 2018;25:1516-1523.

Many ambulatory electronic health records cannot communicate to pharmacies that medications should be discontinued. In a nationally representative sample, nearly 1% of new prescriptions had discontinuation instructions for other prescriptions embedded within them, a workaround that creates inefficiencies and new safety hazards. A recent interview with Michael Cohen, President of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, discussed this and other safety concerns that community pharmacies face.