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Prescription Errors May Be Reduced if Doctors' Handwriting Improves

CNN is reporting an AP story that says that hospitals are offering penmanship classes for doctors in an attempt to reduce the number of prescription errors. According to the article, "... up to 25 percent of medication errors may be related to illegible handwriting."

In his daily broadcast of The Osgood File, Charles Osgood of CBS suggested that errors would also be reduced if doctors used PDAs instead of prescription pads. We are looking for source material to document his statements. If we find it, we will post it as an addendum to this story.

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