For residents young, old and in between in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, it is not uncommon to be prescribed a medication by a primary care physician or a specialist. Whether it is for a short duration or long-term, every time a medication is prescribed to a patient, certain measures should be taken to ensure the patient is getting the proper medication and dose. Failure to take such precautionary measures could result in an adverse drug event that could greatly interfere with the health and wellbeing of the patient.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, roughly 82 percent of adults in the United States are on at least one prescribed medication, while approximately 29 percent take five or more prescriptions on a regular basis. These rates open up the potential possibilities of medication errors occurring among patients.