Medication Errors


Medication errors occur when a patient receives the wrong drug or dose or is given a drug at the wrong time or by the wrong route. If a medication is administered without consideration for possible side effects or drug interactions there may be dangerous results for the patient. Elderly patients are at high risk for medication errors because they frequently take many medications at the same time which can result in drug interactions or dosage mistakes. Problems can also occur if patients do not report all of the over-the-counter drugs or natural products that they may be taking. Even drugs that are “natural” and considered safe may still interact with other prescribed medications and have harmful effects.

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