A recent article by ProPublica reporter Charles Ornstein ran in The Washington Post on July 12 about the dangers of a widely used anticoagulant called Coumadin.
The drug originated in Wisconsin around 1940, and has been used to treat a number of heart-related issues ever since. While it is one of the most effective anticoagulants in use today and can be reversed with vitamin K, it requires strict regular blood tests in order to ensure that it is working properly. Unfortunately, it is incredibly easy to administer incorrectly, as evidenced by a 2007 peer-reviewed study in the American Journal of Medicine, which stated that nursing home residents suffered 34,000 fatal, life-threatening events caused by or related to Coumadin or its generic name, warfarin, each year. Evidence suggests more medication errors in nursing homes involve Coumadin than any other drug, including insulin.
Ron Baird, president of Geriatric Practice Management, an organization that compiles electronic health records for doctors working in long-term care, has called it “the most dangerous drug in America.”
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