Dr. Cynthia Haines and The New Prescription: What Patients Can Do To Avoid Medication Errors

Medication ErrorsMedications are a general equipment in the doctor’s arsenal for curing diseases. They also occur to be a general source of harm among Americans, too.

Several new publications exhibit an dysfunctional truth about medications (and health care in general): Any treatment that’s strong enough to assist you also has the strength to damage you.

One investigation, from Health Services Research, showed data on side effects events from 2005 to 2007. The investigators searched that one-half of 1 percent of all ambulatory health care visits for adults (eg, a trip to the doctor’s office or emergency department) are related to adverse drug events. Just 0.05 percent of visits may seem like a paltry proportion, but it supplements to about 4.5 million attendances to the doctor each year for undesirable influence of preparations.