By Joe Contreras
Believe it or not, most of the prescriptions you get from your doctor are still hand written and faxed to your pharmacy. With all of the electronic communication we do today on our computers and mobile devices, paper is still the predominant way we fill prescriptions. Here are a few interesting facts about prescriptions:
- People in the United States made 956 million visits to physicians’ offices
- According to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), four out of five patients who visit a doctor leave with at least one prescription
- More than 3 billion prescriptions are written annually in the United States
Two of the biggest problems with hand written prescriptions are patient safety and prescription fraud. Illegible handwriting, unclear abbreviations and dose designations, can cause a pharmacy to give you the wrong medication or dosage.