2. Core Concepts and skills

2.5.5Handling dispensing errors

Professionalism and a culture of candour are vital for patient safety, this is why it is important that pharmacists report, learn, share, act and review instances when there has been dispensing errors or near misses. Pharmacists report various reasons why they find it difficult to report and learn from mistakes. It is estimated that 20% of under reporting is because of fear of prosecution.