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a green cross imageFebruary 9 2018

Controlled Drugs were involved in over a third of patient safety incident reports received by the National Pharmacy Association in Scotland over the last quarter.

In her latest bulletin to pharmacy superintendents, the NPA’s Chief Pharmacist Leyla Hanbeck said “patient safety incidents associated with dispensing opioid medicines is a recurring and prominent issue.” Errors involving CDs accounted for 36% of incidents reported during Quarter 4 of 2017.

Among the most common errors involving CDs are:

  • the wrong formulation is dispensed, typically mixing up modified release and standard release tablets;
  • putting the wrong dosage instructions on CD injections, often due to selecting the wrong dosage codes when inputting the label instruction;
  • being interrupted either when checking a CD prescription or when carrying out a CD audit.

The report also includes dispensing tips to reduce the risk of CD errors.

Other topics covered in the newsletter include the recent MHRA alert on drug name confusion. Analysis of data indicates that “errors involving look-alike/sound-alike medicines contributed to 32% of all Scottish incidents reports this quarter.” Notable errors included:

  • co-codamol and paracetamol
  • escitalopram and esomeprazole
  • Renagel and methocarbamol
  • rivaroxaban and rabeprazole

The report also revisits concerns about prescribing errors involving antibiotics. A checklist issued in November 2017 is designed to help pharmacy teams “remain vigilant of antibiotic prescribing errors and provide guidance on how to manage such errors, there is a suggested checklist to follow when performing a clinical check, along with guidance on use of appropriate clinical resources and raising concerns with prescribers.”

Links:
NPA announcement    
NPA ‘Scotland – Patient safety quarterly report: November 2017 – January 2018’                      

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