Prescription Writing


A prescription is an order from a physician, a nurse practitioner, or physician assistant to a pharmacist that indicates the medication that a patient is to take. If the prescription is poorly written, this can lead to medication error. Here are some statistics:

  • Medication errors occur in approximately 1 in every 5 doses given in hospitals.
  • One error occurs per patient per day.
  • Approximately 1.3 million injuries and 7,000 deaths occur each year in the U.S. from medication-related errors.
  • Drug-related morbidity and mortality are estimated to cost $177 billion in the U.S.

These are estimates from various sources and studies and provide shocking evidence about prescriptions. It is no wonder why malpractice insurance is so expensive.


Please review evidence-based research to evaluate the proper ways to write prescriptions.

Share 3 pieces of knowledge that you have found along with the resource information and Integrate 3 different evidence-based resources (one evidence-based resource for each piece of knowledge).

Practice writing a prescription and submit that along with your assignment for evaluation.