Drug store chain Walgreens filled four million electronic prescriptions during October, nearly triple the number it filled in October last year. The current number represents 22% of all eligible prescriptions, the Deerfield, Ill.-based company has announced.

Walgreens estimates it will fill 45 million electronic prescriptions during 2009, compared with 15 million a year ago. The company expects strong growth in e-prescribing to continue because of financial incentives from Medicare and funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to encourage adoption of health information technologies.

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