Writing prescriptions legibly to ensure patient safety

Physicians, pharmacists and nurse practitioners all play a role in ensuring that prescriptions are being written and dispensed accurately. A recent hand-scribed prescription reviewed by the College was intended to be for Abilify 7.5mg, but it clearly appeared and was interpreted as 75mg. The 13-year-old patient was dispensed the medication and took 75mg daily for five days before the error was discovered. In this instance, the patient did experience side effects but was able to make a full recovery.

When writing a prescription, a good general practice regarding decimal points is to use them when there is a fraction, not when writing a whole number:

0.1 = YES
1.0 = NO