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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has announced plans to hold a workshop later this year to discuss the future of electronic prescribing in the European Union.
The workshop, which will be held on Wednesday October 5, will involve members of the EMA’s electronic summary of product characteristics (e-SPC), including doctors, drug buyers, patients, health-technology-assessment bodies, specialists in the safety of medicines, experts in quality monitoring of healthcare, regulators and the pharmaceutical industry.
A statement from the EMA read: “The e-SPC project is examining ways in which information on authorised medicines in summaries of product characteristics can be structured in a way that enables it to interact with electronic media.
“By identifying prescribers’ information needs and developing a model for electronic supply of this information, the project aims to improve the effectiveness and safety of medicines and make the prescribing process better customised to individual patients’ needs.”