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Medication Errors On the Rise, But They Can Be Prevented

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Injuries from prescription drugs (called adverse drug events) come in two forms: unforeseen side effects caused by the drug itself or human error in taking or prescribing a drug. This month we focus on medication errors, which are far too common today in our country. Many of these errors occur when a mistake is made by a health care provider in a hospital, nursing home or other health care setting. While the medical profession, regulators and safety advocates look for ways to prevent errors in these settings, here are measures you can take to better protect yourself and loved ones.

Medication errors occur when a mistake is made in prescribing, dispensing or taking a drug. These errors are surprisingly common in America and are on the rise as an estimated four out of every five adults use prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs or dietary supplements during any given week. Medication errors can cause serious injuries and even death. And something else you should know: Medication errors are preventable.

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