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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article

Responsible e-prescribing needs e-discontinuation.

Fischer S, Rose A. JAMA. 2017;317:469-470.

E-prescribing is a key strategy to improve medication safety by addressing illegible prescriptions, order omissions, and dosage confusion. However, there have been unintended consequences such as the inability to discontinue medications ordered electronically. This commentary reviews problems associated with this unintended consequence and suggests that enabling electronic cancellation of prescriptions can help address the issue. A WebM&M commentary discussed a case involving an electronic prescribing error.