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Protect yourself from medication mix-ups

Being vigilant about what you’re taking can reduce your risk of a harmful drug reaction. There’s an old expression that the cure is sometimes worse than the disease. That rings true when it comes to a common problem in health care — medication errors. Medication mix-ups and mistakes sometimes lead to harmful drug reactions, which cause about 700,000 emergency department visits and 100,000 hospital admissions each year, according to the Agency for…

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