Table 3

Situations that may be considered prescribing errors, depending on the individual clinical situation

ScenarioRound 1*Round 2*Code†
*Figures refer to the lower limit of the interquartile range, the median score (in bold), and the upper limit of the interquartile range.
†C = consensus; P = partial agreement; EQ = equivocal.
‡The judges' comments suggested that major misspellings of a drug name that lead to ambiguity should be considered prescribing errors, whereas minor misspellings should not.
Prescribing a drug in a dose above the maximum dose recommended in the British National Formulary or data sheet4.75, 6, 75, 6, 6C, EQ
Misspelling a drug name‡4, 5, 85, 5, 7C, EQ
Prescribing a dose that cannot readily be administered using the dosage forms available3.75, 6, 75, 6, 7C, EQ
Prescribing a dose regime (dose/frequency) that is not that recommended for the formulation prescribed5, 6, 7.255, 6, 6C, EQ
Continuing a prescription for a longer duration than necessary5, 6, 7.255, 6, 7C, EQ
Prescribing a drug that should be given at specific times in relation to meals without specifying this information on the prescription4, 6, 85, 6, 7C, EQ
Unintentionally not prescribing a drug for a clinical condition for which medication is indicated1.5, 5, 7.53.75, 5.5, 7.25P, EQ