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Dispensing Principles

Pharmacists' Principles for Quality Dispensing
Commit to Zero Tolerance for Errors

Commit to....

  • Asking patients about their use of prescription and nonprescription medications and dietary supplements and include this in a computerized medication record for each patient
  • Recording information about adverse drug reactions and drug allergies as well as food allergies in computerized patient record
  • Reporting errors and adverse events so others will not repeat them
  • Using the modern methods available to anticipate and prevent drug interactions
  • Fully informing patients (verbally and in writing) about what to expect from the medications
  • Verifying authenticity of the prescribing physician
  • Establishing a partnership with patients and their physicians and nurses to monitor therapy for interactions and for effective counseling of patients
  • Providing each patient with their own specific list of interactions between prescription medications and other medications, foods, and dietary supplements

Arizona Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics
The Critical Path Institute

Tucson, Arizona and Rockville, Maryland

Funded in part by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality grant 1 U18 HS10385-01

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