What not to do when checking Prescriptions


Bad Habit #1: Ticking Rx or writing quantities to follow in endorsement column or prescribing area. It looks tacky. It affects pricing . 

Good Practice #1: Check each item in order it appears on Rx before moving onto the next item. Once complete, count the total number of items on Rx and ensure it matches the physical items counted as you put into a suitable sized bag . 

Bad Habit #2: Not double checking the quantity within unsealed packs.

Good practice #2: Take out the items and physically count. Those few mins may feel like it takes forever but it will save you in the long run so you don't over give or under give which are just as bad as each other depending on the context. </p>

Bad Habit #3: Part Boxes with no batch no. and expiry date. This has to be the worst . It's a pet hate of mine. Good inspectors will spot this and correct it. Some will use the excuse of the strip already has it on it . But that is not right. 

Good Practice #3: need I say any more. Make sure your team make it a habit to write both the batch no and expiry date on part boxes. It helps as part of an audit trail if there is a recall or an incident occurs so that it can be investigated and traced. 

Bad Habit #4: Accuracy check only

Good Practice #4: as a pharmacist you clinical check and accuracy check. Worth having a bit of mental break in between. It's not enough to Clinical check using only the items on Rx. Read the Rx once . Use the repeat slip to check if Mrs is still clinical suitable. Encourage staff to highlight allergies or patient preference .