Accomplished pharmacist Ashok Pinnamaraju has built a reputation for offering reasonably priced medication and high-quality customer service. He owns Williamson Road Pharmacy is the former part-owner of Lexcare Pharmacy. Throughout his career, Ashok Pinnamaraju has worked closely with patients, nurses, and case managers and ensured prescription errors were kept to a minimum.
Roughly 1.3 million people are harmed by prescription errors every year according to the FDA. Fortunately, these errors can be prevented in the following ways:
– Adequate staffing: Many pharmacists report that they cannot do everything well when they are swamped with work. This issue can be corrected by ensuring pharmacies are adequately staffed. Having enough pharmacists and technicians on hand ensures that prescriptions aren’t being rushed out, thus decreasing the rate of medication errors.
– Confirming prescriptions: Sometimes prescriptions are made with illegible handwriting, acronyms, or nonstandard abbreviations. Instead of guessing what these prescriptions mean, pharmacists should take the extra time to obtain clarification from the physician. Doing so eliminates any doubts pharmacists may have about a prescription.
– Watching for similar drugs: There are many types of medication that either look or sound like another. To avoid filling a prescription with the wrong medication, pharmacists and technicians must vigilantly check the name of each medication against the computer system’s directives.