The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCCMERP) defines a “medication error” as follows:
“A medication error is any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care professional, patient, or consumer. Such events may be related to professional practice, health care products, procedures, and systems, including prescribing, order communication, product labeling, packaging, and nomenclature, compounding, dispensing, distribution, administration, education, monitoring, and use.”
According to NCCMERP, experts estimate that as many as 98,000 people die in any given year from medical errors that occur in hospitals and a significant number of those deaths are due to medication errors. So more people die from medication errors than from motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, workplace injuries or AIDS each year.
If you believe you or a loved one has received a prescription in error, alert your healthcare provider immediately to receive medical care and to get the medication error corrected. Save the packaging, receipts, and any medical records you might have received from your doctor or pharmacy and document any side effects.
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