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Study Finds Mistakes with Medications are on the Rise at Home

Posted by on July 19th, 2017 Posted in: Articles, Health Information Literacy
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When people take medicine at home, mistakes happen. Some people end up taking the wrong dose of a medication or the wrong pill. Sometimes, they don’t wait long enough before taking a second dose. Other times, it’s a health professional who’s at fault. A pharmacist might have dispensed a medication at the wrong concentration, for example. These kinds of mistakes are on the rise, according to a study published Monday in the journal Clinical Toxicology. The researchers looked at a small subset of the medication errors that happen in the U.S. every year. The FDA estimates that about 1.3 million people are injured by medication errors annually in the U.S. Read more about the study and its findings: https://news.nnlm.gov/bhic/drqj

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