Wednesday, January 17, 2007

USA: 7000 deaths caused by illegible doctor's scripts

The German news magazine DER SPIEGEL reports that about 7000 people die unnecessarily annually in the USA because pharmacists cannot read the illegible handwriting on doctor's prescriptions. They subsequently dispense wrong medication, a lot of people die. Well, the most obvious, and correct point surely is to ask why doctors don't use digital prescriptions, and there doesn't seem any answers to that. Another question, however, is surely why pharmacists hand out drugs if they cannot read the prescription. Also makes me wonder why patients just gobble up whatever the pharmacists is handing out to them, without even bothering to check whether it's actually related to their illness...

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