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All this week, we’ve been discussing what pharmacies can and should do to protect patients from the dangers posed by medication errors involving the wrong drug, wrong dosage and even the wrong patient.
While it may be tempting to dismiss the dangers posed by medication errors, consider that the Food and Drug Administration’s MedWatch Program, which is designed to monitor adverse drug events/effects, had roughly 2,500 prescription error reports submitted in 2012 and 2013. Similarly, officials with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices suggest that prescription errors could be as high as one in five.
For those left unpersuaded by these figures, we offer the following anecdotes to outline just how much of a danger prescription errors really are.
These figures and anecdotes aren’t meant to cause unnecessary alarm, but rather to draw attention to the fact that medication errors can happen and that patients need to remain vigilant. Indeed, we’ve outlined steps that they can take to protect themselves.
It’s also important to understand that when medication errors do occur and people suffer serious injuries or worse that the offending pharmacies can be held accountable for their negligence. Please visit our website to learn how.
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