The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is a non-governmental, official public standards-setting authority for prescription and over-the-counter medicines and other healthcare products manufactured or sold in the United States. Prior to 2009, USP maintained a national medication error and adverse drug reactions reporting program known as MEDMARX, which presented annual reports regarding the data that were gathered and analyzed.
The 2006 MEDMARX Data Report was entitled “A Report on the Relationship of Drug Names and Medication Errors in Response to the Institute of Medicine’s Call for Action.”
Included in the Report was the finding that wrong-drug errors were responsible for about 8% of all errors in outpatient pharmacies and occur in approximately o.13% of all dispensed prescriptions. While that percentage may seem small, that error rate means that there are 4.8 million wrong-drug errors each year (3.7 billion prescriptions are filled each year).
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