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Insurers like Humana Inc. and large employers like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. have lobbied to allow electronic prescribing of controlled drugs. They argue that online prescriptions are an easy way to avoid deadly medication errors and reduce health care costs.
Many doctors have resisted the technology because of the initial investments required to buy and install it.
By paving the way for electronic prescribing of widely used controlled substances, experts expect more doctors will embrace the technology.
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