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QS/1 certified for e-prescribing of controlled substances


 SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Emdeon has given pharmacy automation products maker QS/1 certification for electronic prescriptions of controlled substances, or EPCS, QS/1 said Thursday.

QS/1 said it was one of the first pharmacy vendors to be certified for EPCS in the 10.6 script standard, the company said, and EPCS will be included in Service Pack 19.1.12 of the company's pharmacy software. Implementing EPCS requires software certification from the Drug Enforcement Administration, and prescribers will be able to send electronic prescriptions for controlled substances — which include opioid painkillers and treatments for conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — once they obtain certification.

"Electronic prescriptions are on the rise," QS/1 marketing and analyst senior manager Michael Ziegler said. "Statistics prove customers are more likely to have their prescriptions filled and picked up if they are sent electronically."

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