FACT: Medicines Taken Incorrectly can Cause Dangerous or Fatal Reactions

When you read the prescription label make sure it's right in five ways:

  1. The right medicine,
  2. the right person,
  3. in the right amount,
  4. at the right time,
  5. and taken in the right way.
 

Approximately 46 percent of American adults do not understand how to read a prescription medication container label.

Six out of 10 people have taken their medicines incorrectly.

Medicine errors are among the most common medical errors, harming at least 1.5 million people every year. More than one third of these take place at home, costing close to $1 billion annually.

Make sure that your prescription medicines don't contain the same active ingredients as your over-the-counter medicines. Ask a pharmacist if you have any questions about what your medication is for, how to take your medication, and what to expect from your medication.