Go to navigation Go to content
Toll-Free: 888-526-7616
Phone: 713-523-0001

Types of Errors

Dangerous and Defective Drugs If you put your trust in a pharmaceutical company and were hurt by their product, you deserve compensation for your suffering.
Wrong Medication Did you receive the wrong medication or incorrect prescription from a pharmacy? If you have suffered because of a medication error please call us for a free case review.
Wrong Dosage Common forms of medication error: incorrect dosage error. Order our free book to learn how to protect yourself and your family from wrong dosage errors.
Other Errors Order our free book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors, to learn your rights in prescription error cases.
Kids Rx Errors Order a free copy of The Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Children Against Pharmacy Errors. If you have suffered a prescription error contact our firm today.
Pharmacy Malpractice If you have suffered an injury because a pharmacy dispensed the wrong medication or made an error with your prescription, you are able to file a claim for negligence or malpractice and receive the compensation you deserve.
Walgreens Pharmacy Error Claims There have been numerous claims brought against Walgreens for pharmacy errors or prescription errors. Order our free book to learn how to take action.
CVS Pharmacy Error Claims If you've been injured because of a CVS Pharmacy prescription error, call us for help with your lawsuit at 888-526-7616.
State Pharmacy Boards If you have been severely injured because of a medication error, contact board-certified attorneys immediately to investigate your case free of charge.
Drug & Pharmacy Error Prevention Filing a pharmacy error lawsuit is the only way to make pharmacies take accountability for mistakes. Call our board certified attorneys for a free case review.
State Pharmacy Laws State laws on pharmacy malpractice. Learn the pharmacy error Statute of Limitation laws that apply to your state. Call 877-342-2020 for a free consultation.

Two Weaknesses of E-Prescribing that Contribute to Medication Errors

David W. Hodges
Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law
Comments (0)

Technology has been changing the medical industry with such systems as electronic prescribing (e-prescribing). While many people feel like e-prescribing has improved prescription efficiency and reduced pharmacy errors, there are many weaknesses of the system that contribute to e-prescribing errors.

According to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), two weaknesses of the system have been reported, including:

  • Medication Name Fields on Prescription. An example of this weakness was published in Pharmacy Times regarding confusion between OxyCONTIN and oxyCODONE. A pharmacist failed to notice that OxyCONTIN was printed immediately below the prescription for oxyCODONE 30mg tablets. As a result, the pharmacist dispensed oxyCODONE instead of OxyCONTIN. After a couple days of taking the wrong medication, the patient realized his tablets looked different from his last prescription and called the pharmacy. The pharmacist reviewed the computer-generated prescription and found the prescription error. To prevent this from happening again, the pharmacist called the doctor and discussed how drug names of computer-generated prescriptions still need to be clear in order to reduce pharmacy errors.
  • Duplicate Electronic Prescriptions Being Transmitted. The system sometimes transmits duplicate copies of prescriptions, which wastes pharmacists’ time and adds to the confusion behind the pharmacy counter. Pharmacists don’t know if the duplicate is actually a duplicate, or if there is an addition on the prescription or a change in medication. This function of the e-prescribing system causes confusion and lessens the time for pharmacists to consult with customers.

Although these possible e-prescribing errors could result in patients getting the wrong medication or wrong dosage of medication, most pharmacy mistakes are caught when pharmacists pull medications out of the bag and review the prescriptions with customers during a consultation. To remind those you know to always request a pharmacist consultation, share this blog on Facebook to help prevent someone you know from being a victim of pharmacy malpractice.

Be the first to comment!

Post a Comment

To reply to this message, enter your reply in the box labeled "Message", hit "Post Message."

Name:*

Email:* (will not be published)

Message:*

Notify me of follow-up comments via email.