I have a story in yesterday’s stack. I’ll have to dig this out if any of you people refuse to believe me on this. Do you know how many deaths there are in this country because pharmacists can’t read a doctor’s prescription and prescribe the wrong medicine? Seven thousand! That’s what this story says. I’m going to find this: 7,000 a year die in this country because they’re prescribed the wrong medicine because pharmacists can’t read the chicken scrawling of most of these doctors out there. That’s why, by the way, there’s an effort underway to make sure doctors have a stylus, like a Treo, e-mail the prescription and have paper backup so that they can get the right medicine and so forth, because some of these doctors, you can’t read what they wrote. I’ve looked at prescriptions, I’ve gotten some, where I look at it and say, “What is this?” The pharmacist never had a doubt. “Oh, I understand this.” I was lucky. I’m still alive. Seven thousand a year, and we’re counting soldier deaths in ones and twos. We’ve got 3,000 in, what, three years, in Iraq! There’s no sense of proportion in any of this — by design, and on purpose.
It’s in TIME Magazine, this week’s issue. Actually, it might have been last week. It’s the January 15th issue. I don’t know how they date these things anymore. Anyway: “Cause of Death: Sloppy Doctors — Doctors’ sloppy handwriting kills more than 7,000 people annually. It’s a shocking statistic, and, according to a July 2006 report from the National Academies of Science’s Institute of Medicine (IOM), preventable medication mistakes also injure more than 1.5 million Americans annually.” So 7,000 die; one and a half million are injured every year. “”Many such errors result from unclear abbreviations and dosage indications and illegible writing on some of the 3.2 billion prescriptions written in the U.S. every year.”
Now, where are the hearings? Where’s Senator Hagel demanding a resolution here that this end? — and get this. Just posted on the Drudge Report, this little tease. This is going to set off fireworks. “The Pentagon has completed a manual for upcoming detainee trials that would allow suspected terrorists to be imprisoned or executed using hearsay evidence and coerced testimony.”
“The Pentagon has completed a manual for upcoming detainee trials that would allow suspected terrorists to be imprisoned or executed using hearsay evidence and coerced testimony.” Whooow! Folks, sit tight. Once this hits (laughing) there may be some nukes going off in Washington inside the capital.
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