Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Preventing Dangerous Prescription Errors

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I recently came across an excellent article on the About Women's Health blog about the frequency of prescription errors and the high stakes these errors can hold for patients. There are many reasons errors happen and most of them have very little to do with the inattention of pharmacy staff. Sometimes it's a handwriting issue or that medications sound so similar that it is easy to make a mistake.

5 Million Prescription Errors Every Year

These errors can be incredibly dangerous for patients. This means we have to be meticulous about understanding what our doctors are prescribing and checking over our own prescriptions when we receive them. If you get something different than what you expected, just ask the pharmacy staff about it. Often it will be because you are getting a generic version of what your doctor prescribed, but never feel weird about asking for clarification. It's your health. You have to (respectfully) take charge and inform yourself.

Check out this article at the About Patient Empowerment blog for lots of tips on preventing these errors: How to Prevent Prescription Errors.

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