Colorado men who are prescribed treatment for low testosterone are often able to apply a cream, a gel or a patch to their skin and see benefits. However, for some men this might be considered a medication error because heightened levels of the male hormone could heighten their risk of heart attacks and strokes, even death. The United States Department of Agriculture's Food and Drug Administration recently opened a probe into popular testosterone therapies for men after research was released showing the drugs' dangers.
Because medical providers see a large amount of patients within a short amount of time, the likelihood of prescription medication errors is more common than most Colorado residents might think. In addition, the doctor does not write many prescriptions; instead, they are often called in to pharmacies or entered via computer. Over 98,000 deaths in the United States are associated with medical errors, including medication errors, annually, according to NewsOne New York.
Pharmacists are among the most trusted professionals in the nation, but sometimes a prescription is filled incorrectly with the wrong dose or medication. A diabetes patient was recently given a 1.25 level instead of the prescribed 1.50. As a result, the person's blood sugar began creeping up. When the medication was returned to the drugstore, it was confirmed as the wrong prescription.
Elderly residents of Colorado may be shocked by the results of a study showing that readmission following a hospital stay is a common occurrence. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study found a readmission rate of one elderly patient out of every eight discharged from a hospital. This outcome has led some medical centers to reduce the risk of complications following discharge by establishing care coordinators. Patients in other facilities must often rely on state-run assistance programs or family for care coordination.