Official government estimates say that upwards of 1,500,000 medication errors occur each and every year in America. That is an amazing number of mistakes! The government also estimates that tens of thousands of people die every year from these errors!
Medication errors can vary from a simple mistake at a pharmacy to giving the wrong medicine at a hospital. Overdoses frequently occur, as does giving a patient or customer the wrong the wrong medication.
These simple errors can have tragic consequences. Besides death, victims of medication errors frequently must be hospitalized or spend long periods of time recovering from the mistake. The medical expenses alone can run into tens of thousands of dollars.