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One in 20 UK patients given wrong medicine

Family doctors give the wrong medicine in one out of every 20 prescriptions they write, new research has shown.

A study claimed that just over 40% of the errors were minor but that an alarming 54% were deemed "moderate. Just 4% of doctors mistakes were regarded as severe.

The research, by Nottingham University, said minor errors included doctors failing to direct patients how to use antibiotic creams but that more serious mistakes involved the prescribing of anti-inflammatories without first checking if patients were at risk of a stomach bleed.

Among the most alarming or severe errors made by doctors involved their failure to monitor patients after using drugs like blood-thinner, Warfarin, according to the Daily Mirror.

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