Fisher's Exact Test found no statistically significant differences between the number of prescriptions filled on the day of the alleged incident versus a typical working day (p>0.05). (Figure 6) The study indicated that 63% of the errors were made filling new prescriptions while 37% were made on refills. Handwritten prescriptions accounted for 45% of errors and 37% of errors were made on prescriptions phoned into the pharmacy. (Figure 7) In addition, the dispensing of incorrect drugs and/or incorrect strengths accounted for 88% of errors made. Fisher's Exact Test revealed no statistically significant difference in dispensing errors due to incorrect drug and/or incorrect strength between new and refill prescriptions (p>0.05). (Figure 8)

Figure 6 . Number of Prescriptions Filled on the Day of Error Versus
Number of Prescriptions Filled on a Typical Day

Prescription Information

Figure 7 . Type of Prescription
Type of Prescription

Figure 8 . Type of Error
Type of Error


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