As many of you know, written prescriptions will be illegal in New York State after March 27, 2015. If you agree that this will cause great harm and disruption to our health care system, please consider copying the following, or writing something similar, and sending it to your State Senator, State Assemblyman, and to the Governor before it's too late.
Remember, the prescription you save may be your own.
I have recently learned that you passed a law which will make written prescriptions illegal in New York State after Mar. 27th of this year and that all prescriptions will have to be submitted by computer after this date. I would strongly urge that you immediately act to repeal this law. It is unnecessary and will have numerous undesirable consequences, the most notable being,
1) Computers crash. When the computer used by my chosen provider or pharmacist malfunctions, I will have no way of obtaining my medications without providers making time-consuming phone calls on overtaxed phone lines....if the provider's office is not already closed for the day and if the phone lines are open.
2) Software malfunctions. See #1 above.
3) Internet connections malfunction. See #1 above.
4) I will no longer be able to shop for better service or less expensive medicines. Each prescription will be sent to a single pharmacy, making it very difficult and time consuming to comparison shop.
5) Privacy. Though all is to be 'encrypted', hackers had no trouble getting into computers of Sony Entertainment, Target, and many others. There is no reason to believe that prescription systems will be any more foolproof. I do not want my medication usage to be a matter of public knowledge.
I have been using written prescriptions without difficulty since...forever. I would very much appreciate your using your good offices to effect immediate repeal of this ill-conceived law before it does irreparable harm to our health and to our health care system. I consider this to be a matter of great urgency and look forward to hearing of the actions you have taken.