Preventing a medication incident in an often chaotic hospital environment is a key concern for doctors, administrators and governments. Patient safety and wellbeing may be dependent on the accurate and timely dispensing of a treatment regimen that is often contingent upon effective drug therapy.
With thousands of medications at the disposal of practitioners, many of which are varying compounds of the same medication, error in the type and dosage of medication is not uncommon within a hospital pharmacy.
Thankfully, not all errors result in an adverse event for the patient; however, ineffective treatment can result in prolonged illness, side effects or the presence of new symptoms.
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