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    The Top 4 Medication Errors Your Patients are Making

    The problems your patients have—what you can do about it.


    Taking unintended prescription medications

    1. Taking unintended prescriptions

     The problem

    Thirty-one percent of participants said that they had taken prescription drugs that were not prescribed for them. Some of this was drug abuse by those seeking a high, but for others, the problem was due to misinformation or not following instructions. Taking the wrong medications or taking them inappropriately are linked to the opioid crisis and the over-prescription of antibiotics.

    What you can do

    What can you do about the teenager who finds their parent’s opioidsor the person who stops taking antibiotics early and then gives the rest to friend? You can control, to a large extent, who you give drugs to, but what happens to drugs that are already out there?

    The answer again is patient education. You know the dangers of an unintended person taking the prescription you’re filling—but does your patient? Tell them in a that they can understand. Teach them how to store their drugs safely. Make sure they know the importance of taking what they are given at the proper time. You can’t control what your patients do, but you can control what they know when they leave your pharmacy. 

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