Medication errors in nursing homes are recognized as a common problem, and inspectors for the state will specifically analyze the rate of mistakes when grading a facility on its care.
All nursing homes are required by law to maintain a medication error rate of less than 5 percent, and there must not be any severe medication errors.
Still, problems continue to arise. Sometimes, the doctor fails to write the correct medication or to ensure new medications won’t negatively interact with existing prescriptions. Other times, pharmacies improperly fill the medication. Often, mistakes occur in administration of the drugs, in contradiction to the orders of doctor, pharmacy and drug manufacturer.