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Dispensing errors in community pharmacy: perceived influence of sociotechnical factors.

Szeinbach S, Seoane-Vazquez E, Parekh A, et al. Dispensing errors in community pharmacy: perceived influence of sociotechnical factors. Int J Qual Health Care. 2007;19(4):203-9.

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July 4, 2007
Szeinbach S, Seoane-Vazquez E, Parekh A, et al. Int J Qual Health Care. 2007;19(4):203-9.

Medication errors may originate at each step of the prescribing process, and a prior study conducted in the inpatient setting demonstrated that nearly 4% of medication orders may be dispensed incorrectly. In this study, community pharmacists were surveyed regarding their perceptions of the frequency of dispensing errors and factors contributing to errors. Respondents felt that dispensing errors were relatively frequent and were more likely when pharmacists were overworked, a sentiment supported by prior research. Bar coding has been advocated as one means of potentially reducing drug dispensing errors.

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Szeinbach S, Seoane-Vazquez E, Parekh A, et al. Dispensing errors in community pharmacy: perceived influence of sociotechnical factors. Int J Qual Health Care. 2007;19(4):203-9.