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Avoiding pharmacy errors

It is surprisingly easy for pharmacy mistakes to take place, but it is also easy to prevent these errors. Connecticut residents might like to know about why these errors occur and how they can be prevented.

Common pharmacy errors sometimes occur on the prescriber's side when listing the wrong medication or the right medication but the wrong dosage. A practitioner might also miss the harmful interactions certain drugs can have together or fail to warn patients about hazardous side effects. Other mistakes happen in the pharmacy itself. Pharmacists typically work 12-hour days during which they may fill hundreds of prescriptions. Overworked staff trying to complete as many orders as possible can lead to errors. The pharmacist also might not have sufficient training. If an error occurs on the prescriber side, a skilled pharmacist might be able to spot it before damage is done.

Pharmacists and doctors are both busy. This means physicians and pharmacists do not have much interaction. Pharmacists also may not have the time to closely supervise pharmacy techs who label bottles, measure medication and dispense medicine. To reduce stress and create a manageable workload, pharmacies should have adequate staffing. Regular breaks could also ensure staff members are alert and relaxed. Dispensing errors may occur because of incorrect prescription entry. Entries should be verified, and there should be enough information in a database to identify patients correctly. Two parties can also check that the written prescription matches a computer entry.

If a prescription error resulted in harm, the affected patient might want to meet with a medical malpractice attorney to see what recourse might be available. It will need to be demonstrated that the error constituted a failure to provide the requisite standard of care.

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