Medical prescription drug errors by doctors, pharmacists and patients account for 1.5 million incidences of sickness, injuries or deaths in the U.S. each year. Thirty percent of these unnecessary adverse events are attributed to human errors in identifying drugs and dosages. In fact, more people die from adverse drug events each year than from highway accidents, breast cancer, or complications from HIV.
Reducing medication errors is a critical concern for formulators, insurers and governments, all trying to improve patient outcomes, compliance, and control healthcare spending. Proper tablet design can be an important tool in aiding efforts to enhance medication safety and identification.