Surescripts: Minnesota achieves highest rate of e-prescribing use in the nation
ARLINGTON, Va. — Surescripts on Tuesday announced that Minnesota achieved the highest rate of e-prescribing use in the nation during 2011 to capture the No. 1 ranking in its seventh annual Safe-Rx Awards. The rankings are determined by an analysis of data that measures electronic prescribing use by physicians, pharmacies and payers in each state.
“In Minnesota, there has been a strong commitment to a common e-prescribing objective by providers, pharmacies and payers statewide who worked collaboratively with the e-Health Initiative,” stated Marty LaVenture, director of office of health information technology and e-health at the Minnesota Department of Health. “We have benefited from the strategic use of assessment data that helped us identify and respond to the gaps and needs associated with e-prescribing. Policy initiatives and grant and loan programs also helped to increase adoption and use for providers and pharmacies in underserved areas of the state.”
Highlights from the seventh annual Safe-Rx Awards and state progress reports included:
Prescribers in Minnesota routed 61% of prescriptions electronically;
Massachusetts and New Hampshire have the highest rates of physician adoption at 86%;
Nine states have more than 70% of physicians electronically routing prescriptions;
North Dakota made the largest gains year over year, boosting its ranking from No. 47 to No. 18;
New Hampshire, Nebraska and Minnesota all made double-digit gains in the ranking based on increased use of e-prescribing, which includes routing, medication history and benefit information; and
Nationally, 91% of retail pharmacies are able to receive e-prescriptions.
Adoption and use statistics for all states and an online discussion of the Safe-Rx rankings are available at Surescripts.com/saferx.
AmerisourceBergen books $18 billion-plus in Express Scripts business
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen on Tuesday announced that it has signed a three-year agreement to supply approximately $18.5 billion in pharmaceuticals to Express Scripts on an annual basis. The agreement is effective Oct. 1.
“We are honored that Express Scripts has chosen AmerisourceBergen to supply the brand pharmaceuticals it needs for its recently combined mail-order and specialty pharmacy business,” said Steven Collis, AmerisourceBergen president and CEO.
The contract is expected to contribute approximately 23% of ABC’s revenues and about 3% of its earnings per share.
Designer Protein launches reformulated Designer Whey protein powders
LOS ANGELES — Designer Protein on Tuesday announced the launch of a reformulated line of Designer Whey protein powders.
"This refresh is the culmination of months spent understanding what is most important to our consumers," stated Grace Jeon, CEO Designer Protein. "Nutrition and wellness are important to keep fueled, but advice on easy integration of sustaining this balanced lifestyle is also important. As a result, we set out to not only deliver without mystery the product benefits our consumers told us were important — taste, health, quality ingredients, convenience and minimal calories — but also deliver on their request for dynamic advice on healthy, active living."
The Designer Whey Protein Powders contain 18 g of whey protein and are fortified with calcium, vitamin D and B vitamins.