Errors rife on GP scripts

One in 20 prescription items on GP scripts contain an error or inadequate instructions on monitoring the drug, a study commissioned by the UK general practice professional regulator has revealed.

Most of the errors were categorised as oversights rather than mistakes, such as the GP failing to write down how often a patient should take the medication or the prescription of an incorrect dose.

However around one in every 550 prescription items was judged to contain a serious error, which included prescribing penicillin to a patient with a known allergy to the drug,

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