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Recent studies have documented an increase in
emergency department visits
due to medication errors in outpatients. Such studies may be limited in their ability to provide a true picture of adverse drug events in the ambulatory setting, as the majority of medication errors are handled by
centers. This analysis of data from the National Poison Data System characterized more than 1 million out-of-hospital medication errors and found that only 7.5% required referral to a physician. Most errors involved nonprescription medications such as cough and cold medications, and
were frequently reported (similar to a
in a pediatric population). Reducing outpatient medication errors will require new approaches to
, especially in populations with low
ISMP medication error report analysis.
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Helping patients simplify and safely use complex prescription regimens.
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