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Save Patients' Lives with the Right Pharmacist Scale

Published on: 09.27.2013

Medication errors are a daily occurrence. Simple mistakes can have devastating consequences, for instance filling a prescription with the wrong dosage amount. Accidentally giving a patient 10.0 mgs of Colchicine, when it should have been 1.0 mg, is catastrophic. The pharmacist scale is a tool to safeguard against medication errors, undeniably saving patients' lives.

"Medication errors happen all the time, an estimated one million each year, contributing to 7,000 deaths. On average there is one medication error every day for every inpatient." -Leah Binder, The Shocking Truth About Medication Errors

One way to protect against medication errors is by the use of modern technology. What pharmacy equipment is used makes all the difference. A very important security and safety feature to look for in a pharmacist scale is NDC Verification. This verification process will ensure that the supply bottle has the same NDC Code as called for in the script label package, thereby eliminating one source of possible serious error in filling the script.

It was recently reported in the British Medical Journal that drug errors in Britain were the second most common cause of medical malpractice claims. Of course, we all know how much higher that statistic must be for the U.S. Besides saving patients' lives by using quality prescription scales, also avoid potential lawsuits, which could result in the loss of capital.

On the whole, something as simple as an automated pill counter saves time, money, and lives. Contact us to learn more about our highest quality pharmacy balances. What do you have to lose?

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