A recent study by Weill Cornell Medical College uncovered some surprising facts about the rate of doctors using e-prescribing to send prescriptions to the pharmacy.
E-prescription software programs greatly reduce the amount of errors because doctors are not writing prescriptions by hand and pharmacists do not have to decipher handwritten prescriptions, which are often illegible. Researchers found that doctors in the study made 37 errors per 100 prescriptions through handwritten prescriptions, but only seven errors per 100 using e-prescription software.
Despite safety benefits, many doctors reluctant to use E-prescription systems
The study showed that doctors who wrote paper prescriptions averaged five errors per 100 prescriptions. Surprisingly, despite the huge drop in errors with e-prescribing, only 36 percent of prescriptions were e-prescribed in 2011.
The biggest barrier to widespread implementation of these programs is funding. E-prescription programs costs thousands of dollars, not to mention the training costs associated with them.
Thousands of people suffer from pharmacy error every year
Doctors and pharmacists are only human and there is no way to eliminate the risk of error. Unfortunately, this means hundreds of people suffer injuries from medication errors every year. Bad handwriting is just one way that adverse drug events can occur.
Receiving the wrong prescription, confusion with similar-sounding drug names, transcribing the wrong dosage, and incorrect dosage instructions are some of the most common forms of prescription errors.
If you or a loved one suffered injury after a prescription error you should contact a pharmacy error lawyer to investigate the facts of your case. Contact our office for a free case review today at 1-888-526-7616. You can also order our free book, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.