Analysis of medication therapy discontinuation orders in new electronic prescriptions and opportunities for implementing CancelRx.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
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.