We all take medications at one time or another. Many of us take medications daily for a chronic condition. On average, Tennesseans use between 15 and 17 prescriptions per person per year. In addition, people also take over-the-counter (OTC) medications and supplements and herbals. However, nearly half of Americans do not take their medications as directed or check their prescriptions to make sure they have the right medications. Medication errors can cause you unnecessary discomfort or waste your money. At the very worst, these errors can even be life-threatening.
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