Guard Against Prescription Drug Error

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Each year more than 3 billion prescriptions are written by doctors in the United States. Trusting patients take prescribed medications with the faith that their health is safely in the hands of medical professionals who ensure that they receive the appropriate prescription drugs and know how to take them correctly. According to the National Academy of Medicine, approximately 1.5 million Americans annually fall victim to prescription drug error. Patients should take precautions to reduce their chances of falling victim to this growing epidemic.

In 2003, Cesar Espinoza, a 46 year-old Bellsouth computer professional died as a result of a prescription drug error.

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