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Prospective study of the incidence, nature and causes of dispensing errors in community pharmacies.

Authors
  • Ashcroft, Darren M
  • Quinlan, Paul
  • Blenkinsopp, Alison
Type
Published Article
Journal
Pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety
Publication Date
May 01, 2005
Volume
14
Issue
5
Pages
327–332
Identifiers
PMID: 15386722
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study has demonstrated that a wide range of medication errors occur in community pharmacies. On average, for every 10,000 items dispensed, there are around 22 near misses and four dispensing errors. Given the current plans for reporting adverse events in the NHS, greater insight into the likely incidence and nature of dispensing errors will be helpful in designing effective risk management strategies in primary care.

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