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Evidently, there are innumerable causes of prescribing errors in
medical practice, which are closely associated with physicians, patients,
nursing personnel, phramacists, medical practice settings and health
delivery systems. Some but not all prescribing errors lead to serious
complications including death of the patients. Illegible prescription
writing by physicians is one of the most common prescribing errors that
lead to several adverse events of considerable concerns both to the health
consumers and the health providers. Pharmacists must consult the concerned
physicians for any misunderstanding of the prescription arising from
illegible writing. This will considerably reduce dispensing errors and at
the same time physicians should be reminded by administrative authorities
for writing prescriptions in good handwriting.