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Preventing medicinal mistakes

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The FDA says millions of Americans are getting sick, and even dying because they're not taking medicines correctly.

Sometimes the error happens at the pharmacy, sometimes at home, sometimes in the hospital.  The bottom line: medicines that are supposed to help people feel better are actually making them worse and the government wants to do something about it.

The FDA's new "safe use initiative" will hold public meetings to ask health officials about possible solutions.

The effort is an attempt to be proactive to go beyond just regulating medicines and make sure people are using them safely.
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