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What Are the Top 10 Screwups Doctors Make when Prescribing?

What Are the Top 10 Screwups Doctors Make when Prescribing?
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In our brand new book about medical mistakes we have a chapter titled “Top 10 Screwups Doctors Make When Prescribing.” Here is our Top 10 list:

  1. Failing to disclose drug side effects
  2. Creating obstacles to reporting symptoms
  3. Ignoring drug-induced symptoms
  4. Overriding medication alerts
  5. Being oblivious to drug prices
  6. Not knowing actual drug effectiveness
  7. Relying on surrogate markers
  8. Not checking for drug interactions
  9. Not staying up to date on new research
  10. Not reporting drug problems to the FDA

Here is an excerpt from the book:

“Doctors prescribe an amazing number of drugs. At the time of this writing, roughly 4 billion prescriptions are dispensed each year. If the average number of pills in a bottle is 30, that is at least 120,000,000,000 pills or over 390 tablets and capsules for every man, woman and child in the United States each year. By the way, the bill for all those pills is more than $300 billion…

“Researchers using a probability model have concluded that pharmaceuticals are responsible for more than 17 million visits to emergency rooms and 8.7 million hospitalizations each year. They also predict that 300,000 people die each year from medicines that were supposed to help them. The prestigious Institute of Medicine reviewed a variety of studies and concluded: ‘there are at least 1.5 million preventable ADEs [adverse drug events] that occur in the United States each year. The true number may be much higher.'”

These statistics are documented by patient safety experts writing in prestigious journals. You will find all the references in Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them. We also provide you with specific ways to overcome common prescribing screwups, drug interactions and pharmacy mistakes.

We do NOT want you to become a statistic. Even though doctors are mad as hornets at the title of our new book, we think you need to protect yourself from medication side effects, generic drug screwups and deadly drug interactions.

One leading physician advocate for patient safety has this to say about our book:

Allan Hamilton, MD, FACS, is professor of surgery and radiation oncology, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center and author of The Scalpel and the Soul. He says:

“Joe and Teresa Graedon have performed an enormous public service by putting this book together. Unfortunately, an epidemic of medical adverse events–preventable lethal mistakes–are destroying the quality of American healthcare. In all my years as a physician and an advocate for a safer, error-free health care system, I have never seen a more practical and readable guide to help patients become more vigilant and proactive in preventing medical errors. If you or someone you love is facing a serious illness or major surgery, defend yourself: Buy this book, read it cover to cover. No one cares more about your life than you do. If you were faced with a lethal threat, you would naturally do everything in your power to defend yourself. Put this book in your holster. Arm yourself. Take it with you to the hospital. And save your own life.”

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About the Author
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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