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Are pharmacies checking for drug-drug interactions?

Nearly 70 percent of Americans today take at least one prescription drug and half of all Americans take two. The most commonly prescribed drugs include opioids, antidepressants and antibiotics. You're probably aware of some of the side effects of the drugs you take, and you are sure to inform our doctor if you experience them.

New York auditors reveal prescription errors and abuse

The New York State Comptroller's Office recently sent auditors to review and examine records for prescriptions dispensed in the state. The auditors looked at over 22 million prescriptions and unfortunately discovered medication errors on a substantial number of those prescriptions, roughly 1.5 percent of the review amount.

Pharmaceutical error in meningitis outbreak signals future lawsuits

It's hard to miss the headlines about the deadly meningitis outbreak. More details continue to unfold about the pharmacy that issued the tainted steroids and the death toll is also rising. The story affects New Yorks and patients across the country. Twenty-three people are now dead and over 300 are sick with the strain of fungal meningitis from the steroids.

New York nursing home plagued with drug errors

The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is never easy. But that decision is made easier if families can go to sleep at night knowing that the facility is providing the kind of care and treatment that they could never provide at home, including management of medications. This is why it is so difficult to hear instances of nursing facilities and staff members making medication errors and failing to provide that standard of care.

Take precautions to avoid medication errors

The dangers of certain drug interactions have always been a major concern for those in the health care industry. But with the ever increasing senior population, and corresponding increasing use of prescription drugs, health care workers are starting to take note of the rising number of illnesses and fatalities caused by medication errors.

New York doctor faces criminal charges for prescription sales

Doctor and surgical errors are often the basis for medical malpractice claims. But in some instances, where the conduct is considered reckless, criminal charges may be added to the malpractice claims. One New York doctor is currently charged with prescription-sale and reckless endangerment. The charges stem from one patient who was hospitalized a number of times for overdoses and eventually died from an overdose in 2010.

Hospital has a history of medication errors

Just as medical mistakes happen in New York hospitals, the failure to provide appropriate medication can also occur in hospitals across the country. At St. Luke's Hospital in nearby Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, administering the wrong dose, has become a reoccurring problem according to state officials.

Medication error causes man to become seriously ill

When you've been hospitalized for an illness, it's hard to keep track of everything that is going on in regards to your care. And, when you do understand how everything is working and the medications you are taking, you are being discharged. For an 81-year-old man, after his hospitalization, he became seriously ill after his doctor instructed him to continue all of his pre-op medications following his surgery. What they later found out is that the doctor hadn't meant for him to take all of the medications, and the man ended up back in the emergency room because of a medication error.

Medication error occurs at CVS pharmacy

If a doctor or nurse makes an error we are shocked because we hold the utmost trust in them. But when a pharmacist makes a medication error that could potentially harm our children, most parents would be very concerned because they are the last line of defense in the prevention of errors. While we all understand that mistakes happen, many of us feel that there should be safeguards in place to prevent this type of error.

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