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Comment: E-prescribing is no panacea (Score 1) 134

by 602 (#39104037) Attached to: Study Says E-prescription Systems Would Save At Least 50k Lives a Year
A recent study found that 1/12 or 1/8 (can't remember which, so call it 1/10) of electronic prescriptions had an error. Types of errors include: wrong medication, wrong dose, wrong instructions, wrong quantity. I do dozens of electronic orders a day and get several kicked back to me from the pharmacist.

Comment: rx abx if it's friday (Score 3, Interesting) 595

by 602 (#30635058) Attached to: How Norway Fought Staph Infections
I'm a primary care physician in the US. There are a number of logistical issues in the decision whether to prescribe antibiotics. They revolve around the ease of followup. It would be nice to always be able to say "You'll probably be fine. If you get sicker, come back." But if it's a Thursday or Friday, or if the patient lives an hour's drive from the clinic, or if I'm about to go on vacation, or if my schedule is overbooked for the next few days, I'm much more likely to prescribe an antibiotic. We need better access to care. Among the things that would help that would be (1) single payer insurance, so people could get care anywhere, and (2) better compensation for primary care providers (PCPs) which would result in (a) more of them, relative to specialists and (b) less need for existing PCP to overbook their schedules to make ends meet.
The Courts

+ - Hobby rocket fuel != explosive

Submitted by 602
602 (652745) writes "Rocket hobbyists won their nine year court battle against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) this week when a federal judge ruled that the ATF had failed to show that ammonium perchlorate composite propellant (APCP) is an explosive and that ATF's declaration of such "was arbitrary and capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with the law." You may recall the shuttle Challenger's boosters, filled with APCP, spectacularly not blowing up in 1986."

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