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Catching Deadly Drug Mistakes

Although efforts have been made to make medications safer, medication errors take place in hospitals throughout the country. Studies show that medication errors cause at least one death every day and injure approximately 1.3 million people annually. A new effort is being made to quickly spread the word about such errors and offer guidance on how to prevent similar mistakes. The National Alert Network for Serious Medication Errors will send email alerts to 35,000 pharmacists working in hospitals and health systems. This will hopefully help diminish the number of life-threatening errors. Also, consumers can sign up for customized alerts about the medications they take. To learn more about the new measures to prevent prescription medication errors, please click the link.