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ePrescribing and Its Potential Impact on Medication Error Occurrence

Medication errors are commonplace and are believed to contribute to over 98,000 deaths yearly in the United States alone.  Although errors may occur anywhere in the drug utilization process, the majority of errors appear to originate with the prescriber.  The use of electronic prescribing (or ePrescribing) has been advocated as a means to minimize such errors.  New York State has recently implemented regulations mandating electronic prescribing for virtually all prescriptions in the ambulatory setting.  This presentation will review the common causes of errors associated with the prescribing process and evaluate the potential impact that electronic prescribing may have on error occurrence
This activity is based on a live program that was presented in Melville, NY on June 10, 2015.
Participants who received credit for the live program should not claim credit for this web based presentation.
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Activity Type

  • Knowledge Based

Target Audience(s)

  • Pharmacists

Requirements for CE Credit

  • Complete the pre-test
  • Review the content of this activity
  • Successfully complete the post-test with a score of 70% or higher 
  • Complete the activity evaluation
Continuing pharmacy education credit is automatically reported to CPE Monitor once the post-test & evaluation is completed.
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The presenter, Joseph V. Etzel, PharmD, Assistant Dean and Associate Clinical Professor, St. John's University, Jamaica, NY does not have any relevant financial relationships with any commericial interests.
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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA.  American Health Resources does not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.  The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of American Health Resources.  Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.




Knowledge Based


  • Discuss the relative incidence of medication error occurrence in the US healthcare system.
  • Explain how perceptual bias may result in dispensing errors associated with written and oral prescriptions.
  • List the commonly encountered inappropriate inclusions or omissions that render written prescriptions prone to errors.
  • Discuss the perceived benefits of implementing universal electronic prescription requirements.
  • Provide examples of common errors encountered with currently employed electronic prescribing systems and how these errors may be minimized.


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Joseph Etzel , PharmD
Associate Professor, Associate Clinical Professor, St John's U. College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Brief Bio : Dr. Etzel is a double alumnus of St. John's University having earned his undergraduate degree in 1988 and Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in 1990. Following his graduate studies, he completed a residency focusing on infectious diseases and pharmacokinetics at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York. He joined the faculty of the College of Pharmacy & Allied Health Professions in 1991 as a clinical faculty practitioner in the areas of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. In 2001, he joined the Office of the Dean as Assistant Dean for Pharmacy Student Affairs.

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Release Date: Nov 9, 2015
Credit Expiration Date: Nov 9, 2017

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