Chi-square test of two proportions found that significantly more pharmacists were involved with the prescription fill process on the day of the incident versus a typical day (Figures 12, 13, 14):
  • selecting the medication from the shelf 76% versus 41% (p<0.05);
  • counting the medication 62% versus 4% (p<0.0001);
  • and placing the medication in the bottle 62% versus 19% (p<0.01).

In contrast there were significantly fewer support staff (technicians/interns) available to perform these same tasks on the day of the incident versus a typical day (Figures 12, 13, 14):

  • selecting the medication from the shelf 24% versus 59% (p<0.05);
  • counting the medication 38% versus 96% (p<0.0001);
  • and placing the medication in the bottle 38% versus 81% (p<0.01).

Figure 12 . Who Picks the Medication from the Shelf?
Who Picks the Medication from the Shelf?

Figure 13 . Who Counts the Medication?
Who Counts the Medication?

Figure 14 . Who Places the Medication in the Bottle?
Who Places the Medication in the Bottle?


This information is provided by the Division of Health Professions Licensure within the Department of Public Health.