To err is human--so the saying goes. But when it comes to something as potentially dangerous as prescription drugs, mistakes can be deadly. That’s why the results of laboratory tests for monitoring prescription drug compliance are so disturbing.
In analyzing about 76,000 laboratory tests, Quest Diagnostics found that 3 in 5 patients (63%) were not taking their medication as prescribed.
And just as significant is the fact that the problem was found among all classes of drugs and in men and women across all ages, income levels and government vs. commercial health plan coverage.
The study reveals that the problem of prescription drug misuse is widespread. And while it doesn’t answer the big questions, such as “Why is this happening?” It does reveal some clues and the need for further research and solutions.
In the meantime, there are some steps you can take to help prevent medication errors. Start with Four Ways to be Smart and Safe with Medicines.
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