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DH to launch crackdown on prescribing errors


Wasn't this the study that recorded a prescribing error if the dosing instructions weren't specific enough, ie contraceptive pill 'as directed' rather than 'take one by mouth every day for three weeks, then omit for seven days before starting again...' or lancets for BM tests 'as directed' rather than 'prick finger with sharp end, use a new needles for every test, dispose of safely...' Almost every script for prn medication or moisturiser fails this test. Flawed data Agree with Dr De'ath above. Most dodgy prescriptions I issue are for drugs recommended by single issue specialists at hospital, some of whom have no concern for anticholinergic load, glaucoma risk, renal function, or common sense, as long as they have recommended the latest untried flavour of the month therapy. Cardiologists seem to be the most reckless with huge statin doses, amiodarone, anticoagulants in the extremely frail to mention a few. Sad to say, single issue specialist nurses can also some of the worse offenders (heart failure, continence, IBD, parkinsons in particular), and its a difficult conversation with the patient to explain that the wonder drug they have been promised is not safe for them to take.

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06 Sep 2017

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