Doctor Handwriting

Lawmaker wants doctors' sloppy handwriting to be illegal

Penmanship counts. At least that's what some state lawmakers in Michigan want. Doctors' handwriting is no joke to state Representative Edward Gaffney. The state House has passed his bill that would require doctors to write prescriptions legibly. The Republican from Grosse Pointe Farms tells The Detroit News that legible prescriptions can be a matter of life or death. He says he introduced the legislation after being given the wrong medicine. The doctors' handwriting issue now goes to the Michigan Senate for consideration.