Medication errors are defined as preventable events that occur during prescribing, dispensing, or administration. If not discovered or corrected, they can lead to inappropriate or harmful medication use.
Fixing medication errors remains a persistent task.
While industry awareness of the problem has existed for some time, efforts to reduce the incidence and impact of medication errors have not yet yielded much success. Consequently, the significant patient harm, death toll, and economic burden caused by these preventable errors persist.