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Medication errors refer to mistakes in prescribing, dispensing and giving medications. They injure hundreds of thousands of people every year in the United States. Yet most medication errors can be prevented. How can you protect yourself and your family?

One of the best ways to reduce your risk of a error is to take an active role in your own health care. Learn about the medications you take—including possible side effects. Never hesitate to ask questions or share concerns with your health care provider, pharmacist and other health care providers.

What exactly are medication errors?