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51.5 million errors in US prescriptions

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According to Martin J. Hatlie, president of Partnership for Patient Safety and co-founder of Consumers Advancing Patient Safety, "Medication mistakes harm more patients than any other kind of medical error." The problem is that patients are too trusting and medical authorities, doctors and pharmacists, are not doing enough to keep people safe. There are more advances now than ever, since the turn of the 20th century, helping people live longer because of medical discoveries, treatments and prescription drugs.

The Journal of the American Pharmacists Association noted a 2003 study that said close to 51.5 million US prescriptions had errors. According to Cara Birnbaum, Health, November, 2008, pharmacies are overloaded and that 25 percent of deaths, due to medication errors were at the beginning of the month. It recommended that one avoid getting prescriptions filled on Monday, Friday or before a ...

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"Medication mistakes harm more patients than any other kind of medical error." The problem is that patients are too trusting and medical authorities, doctors and pharmacists, are not doing enough to keep people safe.

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