Medical errors routinely rate among of the most frequent causes of preventable death in the United States. One of the more common types of medical errors are pharmacy misfills or prescription errors. These errors occur when a pharmacist provides a patient with the wrong medication, wrong dose, or wrong instructions.
According to one industry news source, pharmacy errors are on the rise. Evidently, the National Pharmacy Association released its most recent data which showed a 64% increase in pharmacy errors between April and June of this year. The data showed that nearly half of all of the reported pharmacy errors were caused by “workload and time pressures.”
The types of errors reported varied, but the following were some of the more common error types:
- providing the wrong medication to the patient based on medication with similar sounding or looking names;
- mixing up patients’ names and addresses; and
- attaching the wrong information slip to a patient’s prescription.