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Study spotlights medication errors among children


Reports are showing  that every eight minutes, a child below 6 years of age experienced a medication error between 2002 and 2012, citing an analysis of calls to poison control hotlines that was unveiled in the journal Pediatrics. While most previous studies focused on medication errors in hospital and clinics, this study focused on errors outside of the doctor’s office or hospital.

Highlighting the significance of the study, other  reports show that although “the majority of the incidents were not life-threatening, medication errors nonetheless represent a major public health concern” in the US, “affecting more than 200,000 children annually – roughly 30 percent of whom are 6 or younger.” Still, the report notes, “starting in the mid-2000s, errors involving cough and cold medications as well as asthma treatments declined significantly.”

If you have experienced complications with any type of medications for your child, contact Chhabra & Gibbs by going to our website at or calling 601-948-8005.

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