QUALITY QUICKIE: Prescribing wrong drugs happens too often

A CDC study shows that one prescription in every twelve written for elderly patients is potentially dangerous. The full abstract is here while here’s the rather more user-friendly news release.  What’s somewheat depressing is that this is 2000 data and despite the IOM report and other news about, nothing had improved since 1995.  Hopefull it’ll be better by the time the study is done in 2005, with more attention to the issue and more electronic prescribing.

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