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Journal Article

The effect of the electronic transmission of prescriptions on dispensing errors and prescription enhancements made in English community pharmacies: a naturalistic stepped wedge study.

Franklin BD, Reynolds M, Sadler S, et al. BMJ quality & safety. 2014;23:629-38.

This study of medication dispensing errors at community pharmacies found that electronic transmission of prescriptions resulted in increased omission of the medication indication, but that other error types did not change. These findings suggest that electronic prescribing alone is not sufficient to address outpatient dispensing errors.