Errors linked to common medicines

Answer

In a recent review almost half (47%) of all serious adverse events (ADEs) reported were caused by medication errors in seven commonly prescribed medicines or medicine classes: methotrexate, digoxin, warfarin, aspirin as well as beta blockers, NSAIDs and opioids. 1 Adverse events included fatal and non-fatal outcomes (i.e. disability, life-threatening conditions, hospitalisations and extended hospitalisations). 1

These findings are consistent with an earlier systematic review,2