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40 per cent of elderly patients handed prescription containing an error
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Forty per cent of elderly people are handed a prescription with an error in it - and sometimes the mistake is fatal

Forty per cent of elderly people are handed a prescription with an error in it - and sometimes the mistake is fatal. Overall, doctors in the UK write 45 million prescriptions every year that contain an error, a new study has discovered.
In 180,000 cases, the error is so serious that it could kill the patient, a survey for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has discovered.
Not surprisingly, the over-75s are at greatest risk because they are handed the most prescriptions. Four out of 10 elderly patients were handed a prescription during the year covered by the survey that contained an error.
The most common mistakes were prescribing an incorrect dosage - which, in itself, could be fatal - or failing to indicate any dosage.
The survey was based on 15 general practices around the UK, and included the analysis of 1,777 patient records and 6,048 prescriptions.
(Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society).

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