Impact of CancelRx on discontinuation of controlled substance prescriptions: an interrupted time series analysis

Prescription opioid misuse is a serious national crisis. Health information technology (health IT) provides a means to address this crisis through technologies that streamline the prescribing and discontinuation process. CancelRx is a health IT function that communicates when medications, such as controlled substances, are discontinued at the clinic and therefore should not be filled at the pharmacy. The objective of this study from HIP Investigator Dr. Edmond Ramly was to assess how controlled substance medication discontinuations were communicated over time, before and after the implementation of CancelRx.

Data from an electronic health record and pharmacy platform were collected 12-months prior to CancelRx implementation and for 12-months post implementation and analyzed. The study found that the health IT functionality was able to effectively complete discontinuation tasks and potentially reduce workload for clinic staff.

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