4 tips for alerting doctors to prescribing errors

Doctors generally welcome feedback from pharmacists who call to check potential prescribing errors, according to a Pharmacy News poll.

The majority of pharmacists (64%) say doctors are generally OK when contacted about an error.

Just over a quarter of pharmacists report that doctors are always happy to discuss their concerns and make changes to the script.

Less than 10% of pharmacists report that doctors are arrogant and rude when contacted about a prescription.

Former Pharmacy Guild president Kos Sclavos says the results reflect that doctors are more accepting of pharmacist feedback than they were 20 years ago.

The reason, he says, is raised awareness of legal risks around adverse events.

“Most pharmacies have lots of one-off stories about how their intervention stopped a major problem.”

However, Mr Sclavos says the language and approach used by pharmacists