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Medication Errors

Hospital, nursing home, and medication error studies have shown that medical errors have contributed to the deaths of 600,000 hospitalized patients since 2002. This 2004 study also concluded that many proposed methods of nursing home and medication error prevention will not successfully prevent injuries and deaths from medical errors.
The Food and Drug Administration has reviewed a number of its policies in order to identify how labeling and dispensing could lead to medication error. The FDA found that there are 51.5 million medication errors committed annually, with more than three million of them potentially life threatening.