Medication errors are a common occurrence across the United States, and among the most commonly cited bases for medical malpractice litigation. Two recent studies highlight the issue of medication error and why the health care industry needs to ramp up efforts to address the problem.
One of the studies found that more than one-third of calls to poison control centers are related to medication errors. That figure was arrived at by looking at 10 years of data from the National Poison System. The report found that almost 97 percent of poison exposures were unintentional, with over half having been deemed “unintentional.”