Con­cern over GP pre­scrip­tion er­rors

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & World Update -

AROUND one in 20 pre­scrip­tions writ­ten by fam­ily doc­tors con­tain an er­ror, ac­cord­ing to a study pub­lished to­day. Most mis­takes were classed as mild or mod­er­ate, but around one in ev­ery 550 items was judged to con­tain a se­ri­ous er­ror, the re­search com­mis­sioned by the Gen­eral Med­i­cal Coun­cil (GMC) found. The most com­mon of the pre­scrib­ing or mon­i­tor­ing er­rors were lack of in­for­ma­tion on dosage, pre­scrib­ing an in­cor­rect dosage, and fail­ing to en­sure that pa­tients were prop­erly checked with blood tests. One in eight of all pa­tients had a pre­scrip­tion item with an er­ror - this rose to four in 10 pa­tients aged 75 years and older.

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