Surescripts announced that more prescribers and specialty pharmacists across the country are using Surescripts Specialty Medications Solutions to transform the manual process of prescribing specialty drugs, saving patients and caregivers time and money.
To support this claim, Surescripts produced the following results:
- In May 2022, prescribers used Real-Time Prescription Benefit to save patients an average of $534.74 per prescription;
- In May 2022, the number of prescribers engaged to enroll specialist patients was 24% higher than in May 2021;
- The number of Specialty Medications Gateway transactions was 421% higher in the first five months of 2022 than in the same period in 2021;
- Beginning in May 2022, specialty pharmacists will be able to use the Specialty Medications Gateway to access patient information provided by more than 200,000 prescribers nationwide;
- Surescripts processed 8.2 million e-prescriptions for specialty drugs between January and May 2022, an increase of 8% from the same period in 2021;
- From January to May 2022, Surescripts delivered 85% more real-time benefit checks for special prescriptions compared to the same period in 2021.
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“By eliminating the time-consuming and manual process of prescribing specialty drugs and simplifying the delivery of patient information, delays that compromise adherence are eliminated,” said Frank Harvey, CEO of Surescripts. “It also means healthcare professionals can spend less time on paperwork and more time on what matters most: patient health.”
In January 2022, the specialty pharmacy Accredo implemented automation enhancements with Specialty Medications Gateway to obtain current information about a patient’s weight for use in weight-based dosing. In just two months, Accredo reported that 60% of the time, the automated workflow delivered the most recent weight to the patient, creating efficiency and reducing manual reach. Accredo also noted that 11% of the updated weight information was of clinical significance (+/- 10% weight change) and created an opportunity for a pharmacist to review and take action to ensure patient safety through accurate dosing .
“Caring for patients with complex diagnoses requires specialist pharmacists to work efficiently and with quality,” said Katie Reeves, senior product manager at Accredo.
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“Surescripts solutions accelerate the process of prescribing, fulfilling and onboarding specialties by filling information gaps with clinical intelligence. Speed and patient safety are improved as clean, critical clinical data is delivered automatically from the EHR with the prescription,” she said.
As of May, Accredo reviews more than 12,000 specialty prescriptions each month based on clinical patient data automatically extracted directly from the electronic health record. As a result, Accredo’s specialty pharmacists streamline the inefficient manual process of enrolling patients for specialty drugs, ultimately improving turnaround time and patient safety.
Specialty drugs account for the majority of new drugs launched in the past five years, and retail prices for commonly used specialty drugs rose at more than three times the rate of headline inflation in 2020, Surescripts noted.