A new study by the Australian National Prescribing Service revealed that older people have a higher risk of adverse effects from taking medications.

The study, Medication Safety in the Community: A Review of the Literature, concluded that medication errors occur at all stages of the process and 73% of the errors are preventable.   It also showed that many of the errors could  be prevented through better communication.

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