Medication errors are a common source of medical malpractice claims. In a recent article, I learned about a certain type of medication error that I had previously been unaware of, but I will certainly be on the lookout for now. Apparently, there have been many instances where a doctor cancels a prescription but the pharmacy continues to fill it. So, the patient continues to receive the medicine, thereby putting the patient at unnecessary, and possibly deadly, risk.
The Annals of Internal Medicine reported that 3 in 200 orders to cancel prescription medicines do not get through to the pharmacy in a timely basis. Worse yet, “