Prescribing errors in diabetes

Anthony R. Cox, Robin E. Ferner

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Prescribing errors in diabetes have the potential to cause serious adverse effects. Antidiabetic agents are a significant cause of admission to hospital. Prescribing errors can be caused by poor handwriting, failure to communicate clearly, and by the use of inappropriate abbreviations. Serious errors involving insulin have been reported in the UK media. While education and training may reduce the number of errors, experience shows that errors will continue to occur without changes to systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-88
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009


  • adverse events
  • hyperglycaemia
  • hypoglycaemia
  • insulin
  • prescribing error
  • sulphonylurea


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