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a green cross imageMay 15 2018

Delivery drivers, controlled drugs and the repeat management service are highlighted in the National Pharmacy Association’s latest Medication Safety Officer's Quarterly report.

The NPA says that incidents involving medicines delivery drivers accounted for up to 5% of reported errors in the first quarter of 2018. The commonest errors were around:

  • delivery to the wrong patient due to a similar sounding or looking name;
  • delivery to the wrong address due to incorrect or incomplete details or the patient having moved;
  • delivery drivers not following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

For errors involving CDs, methadone featured in 4% of reported errors, including:

  • standard methadone solution rather than sugar-free being supplied;
  • the wrong volume of methadone being supplied including when supervised;
  • problems around dates, wording and supplies over Bank Holidays.

In addition, there were a number of solid dose CDs supplied in the wrong formulation: for example tramadol supplied in capsule format when the modified-release capsule had been intended.

The MSO quarterly report also flags up the need to have “robust systems” in place to ensure the Repeat Management Service is running efficiently. Repeat prescriptions were associated with 3% of reported errors, including the pharmacy not having checked when requesting a repeat from the surgery that a repeat prescription was available. 

This had left patients waiting several days to obtain their medicine – in one case this was for buprenorphine patches, a Schedule 3 CD, meaning an emergency supply could not be made.

Link:
NPA MSO Q1 2018 report         

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