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January 14, 2022
The medication-use process is highly complex with many steps and risk points for error, and those errors are a key target for improving safety. This Library reflects a curated selection of PSNet content focused on medication and drug errors. Included resources explore understanding harms from preventable medication use, medication safety...
Szeinbach S, Seoane-Vazquez E, Parekh A, et al. Int J Qual Health Care. 2007;19:203-9.
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.