Medication Errors

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For many years, Vitamin K Anticoagulants were the go to drug for people looking to lower the risk of stroke and heart attack. These blood-thinners, including Coumadin, were often effective at thinning the blood sufficiently to prevent many blood clots from forming. Unfortunately these medications also carried significant side effect…

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Xarelto is an oral anticoagulant, commonly called a blood thinner. Various types of blood thinners have been prescribed for decades, but Xarelto is one of a newer line of drugs developed with an eye towards minimizing the significant risk profile of older drugs such as Coumadin. Unfortunately, the pharmaceutical companies…

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Detecting hypogonadism early can be difficult, dependent upon the levels of testosterone in the body and other presenting factors. In many cases the syndrome is discovered in early adolescence, and proper treatment during puberty can result in limiting the long-term effects. But often hypogonadism is not discovered until a couple…

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The sexual performance aspects of low testosterone get most of the media coverage, with dozens of commercials advertising dozens of products nationwide. Various supplements and medications have been marketed as sexually enhancing for decades. But only recently have the full implications of low testosterone been recognized by medical practitioners. Hypogonadism…

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If you’d asked even the most jaded individual, it’s unlikely they would have guessed that medication errors during surgery are as common as they are. They might have expected that 10 percent of surgeries include a medication error. Perhaps they would have even guessed that twenty-five percent did. But it’s…

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2.58 per 100 shifts. That’s the best case scenario, adjusting for the time of day of the shift, the number of people on duty, and the number of orders received. The new study conducted in the Houston area regarding medication errors by pharmacists was intended to demonstrate how workload is…

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Medication errors happen all the time, and some are more excusable than others (though none are truly excusable). Some of these medication errors are of commission, where an unnecessary or dangerous medication is given. Some are of omission, where a needed medication is not given. There are a variety of…

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Medication errors are much more common than most people think. In fact, medication errors are thought to be the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Even as medical breakthroughs make it possible to keep us alive and healthy longer than past generations dreamed was possible, medication…

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A terrifying article in Slate magazine goes to the very core of problems with American medicine. Charles Seife, a university professor, and his students, went through the database of the FDA inspection files to determine just how common medical malfeasance is. Not only did they find countless examples of doctors…

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