Which Drugs Cause the Most Medication Errors in Children?

October 20, 2014 8:55 PM

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Between 2002 and 2012, 696,937 children under the age of 6 had experienced an out-of-hospital medication error (63,358 episodes/year or 1 child every 8 minutes). Published in the journal Pediatrics, this study is the first to evaluate the characteristics and frequency of medication errors in this young population. Analgesics were at the top of the list accounting for 25.2% of medication errors and also 10 of the 25 deaths.

Cough and cold preparations were second on the list at 24.6%, however, during this 11-year study period, errors associated with cough/cold drugs decreased significantly. Other medications that were associated with errors included antihistamines (15%), antimicrobials (11.8%), GI preparations (4.2%),...

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