3 Common Causes of Prescription Errors
The wrong type or dose of medication can be deadly for a patient. Unfortunately, prescription errors are all too common. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), prescription errors account for 70% of medication errors that could potentially result in adverse effects.
Learn three common causes of this dangerous mistake.
There are only so many different ways to design a pill. And, prescription names can be long and complicated. So, if a pharmacist does not have adequate knowledge of the medications they are providing to patients, they can easily confuse one medication with another—potentially leading to a deadly error.
If a pharmacy is disorganized or medication is stored improperly, prescriptions can get mixed together or lose their potency. Such mishandling of medications can result in a patient receiving the wrong prescription or one that no longer works.
Doctors are notorious for illegible handwriting. It’s possible that a confusing prescription can cause a pharmacist to give the wrong type or dose of medication to a patient. While many hospitals have avoided this issue by using digital prescriptions, some facilities still operate the old-fashioned way.
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