Hospital discharge errors falling to pharmacists to fix

Communication breakdown between hospital discharge and community pharmacy poses a significant risk of drug-related problems (DRPs) for patients, with a quarter of all discharge prescriptions requiring further action by the pharmacist, new research shows.

The New Zealand study, published in the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, reviewed a total of 1374 hospital discharge prescriptions over a two-week period.

Of these prescriptions, 344 (25%) required