The reality is that in most cases, it isn’t the doctor that will cure what ails you, rather it is the medication that they prescribed. Unless a doctor is performing surgery, their responsibility is to assess the situation, make a diagnosis and prescribe treatment. However, sometimes that prescribed treatment doesn’t always go according to plan.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, over 60% of hospitalized patients miss their regular medication while they are in the hospital. On average, 6.8 medications are left out per patient. And sometimes, the wrong medications are given to patients; a 2006 Institute of Medicine report estimated that medication error injures 1.5 million Americans every year at a cost of $3.5 billion.
From allergies, to over or under-prescribing, and from doctor, nurse or pharmacist error, there is a lot that can potentially go wrong when you are prescribed medication, so it is wise to have a constant and open line of communication with your medical professional and to be vigilant in recognizing potentially harmful symptoms.
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