An RX for Deadly Doses

Flawed prescriptions each year kill more than 7,000 people in the U.S. and injure more than 1.5 million. To reduce such errors, a coalition of health-care companies and tech firms is launching eRX Now, a Web-based program that will enable all physicians in the U.S. to write electronic prescriptions for free. It will also let them check drug interactions and prevent illegible hand-writing--or smudged decimal points on dosages--from ending in disaster. The $100 million project, whose backers include Allscripts, Dell, Aetna and hospital groups, is targeting the 30% of M.D.s who write 80% of the country's 3.2 billion prescriptions a year....

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