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NPPG 2008: Licence status of drugs involved in medication errors in children

Sharon Conroy, lecturer in paediatric clinical pharmacy, University ofNottingham, reported on an audit of the licensed status of drugsinvolved in neonatal and paediatric medication errors, analysing errorreports over a three-year period. This was during the annual Neonataland Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG) conference that was held inSutton Coldfield from 14–16 November 2008

by Peter Mulholland

Sharon Conroy, lecturer in paediatric clinical pharmacy, University of Nottingham, reported on an audit of the licensed status of drugs involved in neonatal and paediatric medication errors, analysing error reports over a three-year period. This was during the annual Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG) conference that was held in Sutton Coldfield from 14–16 November 2008.

She said that unlicensed drug use in children was more likely to be associated with errors and it is estimated that 7 per cent of all prescriptions on paediatric wards are unlicensed.

Mrs Conroy said that errors associated with unlicensed use, ranged from 12 per cent (prescribing) to 25 per cent (dispensing) and, overall, were 17 per cent.

She also said that unlicensed drug use in neonates was more likely to be associated with errors, with the error rate being 38 per cent overall, whereas unlicensed drug use in neonates is estimated to be only 10 per cent.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10043462

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