Pharmacy and Prescription | Hovde Dassow+Deets

PHARMACY AND PRESCRIPTION ERRORS

A medication error is any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or harm to a patient.

Medication Errors Include…

  • Filling a prescription with the incorrect medication or the incorrect dosage of the medication.

  • Failure to determine what other drugs the patient is taking and whether they will cause adverse drug interactions when taken together.

  • Prescribing incorrect medications or dosage for children: examples include long acting prescription cough medicine, cold medication or pain relievers.

  • Failure to monitor the level of drugs in an individual who requires long term use of the drug. Examples include pain relievers (acetaminophen), narcotic pain medication (fentanyl patches, methadone, and oxycodone) blood thinners (coumadin or warfarin), diabetes medications (insulin) or seizure medications (phenytoin) and antidepressants (xanax or paxil).

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