Published Online: Sunday, June 1, 2008

The Parata Prescription Safety 2008 survey found that about 50% of US adults said proximity to work or home was the No. 1 reason for choosing a pharmacy. The survey also showed that 23% reported choosing a pharmacy for pricing, and the use of automated dispensing equipment, which has been shown to reduce errors, ranked last, cited by just 2% of respondents.

Patients ranked pharmacists (49%) over physicians (15%) as principally responsible for ensuring their prescriptions are accurate. Yet, only 36% could name the pharmacist who filled the script, while 91% of respondents could name the physician who wrote their last prescription.

In addition, the majority of prescription takers (80%) spend less than 2 minutes speaking to their pharmacists when they pick up their medications, and 45% do not speak to them at all.

Latest Articles
Donnie Calhoun, RPh, PD, National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation vice president, discusses how pharmacists can prepare themselves and their business before, during, and after a disaster.
Ken Whittemore Jr, Surescript's senior vice president of professional and regulatory affairs, talks about some new transactions available that can help pharmacists.
In case you got caught up in the Thanksgiving holiday rush, here are the top trending stories you may have missed in November:
Bryan Ziegler, PharmD, executive director of Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center, provides some resources for community pharmacists to use when implementing new collaborative services with primary care providers.
Latest Issues