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Opioid prescriptions could lead to medication injuries

When we are in severe pain, relief is at the forefront of our minds. In order to alleviate serious pain, a physician may prescribe painkillers. Currently, painkillers in the form of opioids are being prescribed for such ailments as headaches, abdominal pain and back pain. In the past 20 years, the U.S. has seen a 400 percent increase in the number of opioid prescriptions handed out to patients.

How can I help ensure my medication is issued correctly?

Many people depend on prescription medications to function normally on a daily basis. And while these medications may be of great benefit to your health and well-being medication errors can cause serious or even fatal reactions. As such, you would be well advised to take a proactive approach when seeing your doctor about your medication regimen.

Lawmakers asked to improve medical injury reporting

About 15 years ago, the Institute of Medicine released a disturbing report on the number of deaths caused by medical errors. Recently, at a Senate subcommittee hearing, a patient safety advocate, who is also a doctor, told lawmakers that protections for patients are no better now than they were when the report was released.

Misdiagnosis common in doctors' offices

When you go to the doctor with an unknown medical issue, you expect your doctor to do all he or she can to figure out what is wrong. If you are suffering from an unknown medical condition, it can be very difficult and frustrating to not know what is wrong. When your doctor does diagnose your condition, you probably believe them whole-heartedly. Unfortunately, a new study found that misdiagnosis is very common at the doctor's office.

Medication injury accusations mean doctor faces 200 years in jail

Arizona residents may have hard of a physician in another state who is being called the "Candy Man." The doctor was arrested in 2012 for a number of charges related to prescription drug injuries and death. In one case, authorities report that the physician prescribed over 2,000 pills within six weeks to one man. The physician is facing criminal and civil action related to the accusations of medication injury.

Nursing home medication injuries increasing hospitalizations

Families in Phoenix, Arizona, who are looking for nursing home or assisted living care for loved ones are likely considering numerous factors. The ongoing safety and well-being of your loved one is a top concern, and it's important to find a facility where staff takes an organized, caring approach to treatment. Though staff members are only human, and mistakes are bound to happen on rare occasions, families want to avoid facilities known for negligence or inappropriate care. In another state, news reports are uncovering a number of medication injury issues, many of which lead to hospitalization.

Nurse's error possibly contaminates 24 Arizona prisoners

Medical treatment under any circumstance requires careful planning, following procedure and attention to detail. Medication injury can occur when medical staff make errors that cause the wrong drug to be administered or contaminates the supply of a drug. The Arizona Board or Nursing was notified, and a nurse was put on suspension following mistakes that may have exposed two dozen Arizona inmates to blood-borne pathogens such as HIV or hepatitis.

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