Every medication available poses potential risks to patients. Some can cause serious side effects while others may interact negatively with various other prescriptions. In addition, failure to measure out proper dosages can leave patients with too little or too much of a given drug, which can cause a great deal of harm as well.
Not all medication errors occur when doctors scribble instructions on a prescription pad, nurses administer drugs in a hospital or when pharmacists fill these drugs. A recent study explores just how often these errors occur at home.