Concern over GP prescription errors
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.