The current system wastes both time, money, and environmental resources. Moving to electronic labeling will:
Reduce wasted time and money by eliminating redundancies in prescriber information
Eliminate redundancies in prescribing information to reduce impact on our environment
Streamline prescribing information process for a more sustainable business footprint
Remove burdensome requirements that add to pollution and unnecessary paper usage
Reduce transportation costs associated with larger packaging sizes
Help with long-term targets to reduce carbon emissions, water and waste while boosting renewable electricity and driving for zero waste to landfill
Each year, nearly 6 billion prescriptions are filled in the U.S. and under outdated regulations, a paper package insert must accompany each unit. On average there are 30 pages of paper in the prescribing information label of prescription products
For many drugs, these prescriptions are re-packaged at the wholesaler or pharmacy level, often into smaller, individualized doses, and the paper prescribing insert is discarded in the trash and sent to a landfill, never to be seen by the physician or provider
Source: Sierra Club & U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Making prescribing information real time, reliable, and environmentally sustainable.
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