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Study finds high error rate for handwritten opioid prescriptions
7/14/2017
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An analysis of 510 consecutive opioid prescriptions filled by a Johns Hopkins Medicine outpatient pharmacy in 2016 found that 89% of handwritten prescriptions either failed to adhere to best practices or lacked at least two forms of patient identification information, while none of the EHR system-generated prescriptions had either of these errors. The study, published in the Journal of Opioid Management, also found that oxycodone was the most commonly prescribed opioid, accounting for 71% of the prescriptions.

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