Long-term prescribing tops list of medication error claims

Long-term prescribing tops the list of medication error claims, according to the MDU.

In its study of 69 settled medication error claims over a recent two-year period, MDU clinical risk manager Dr Karen Roberts found that just under a third concerned problems with administering repeat prescriptions of medication such as hypnotics, benzodiazepines and steroids.

Dr Roberts said: ‘With long-term medication, it’s essential to keep lines of communication between doctors and patients open.

‘For example, GP practices should have a system in place to review patients with chronic conditions to check they are taking the drug correctly and not experiencing any adverse reactions. Regular reviews provide an opportunity to carry out an appropriate examination and tests and talk to the patient about their health and medication.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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