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Editor's Correspondence
April 13, 2009

A Closer Look at Fatal Medication Errors—Reply

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Copyright 2009 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2009

Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(7):718-719. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.33

In reply

We thank Dr Lu for his interest in our study1 and for his useful comments. We have often reflected on the issues he raises. In our article, we demonstrated a steep 360% increase in the US death rate from FMEs between 1983 and 2004. We also showed an even steeper 3196% increase in the FME death rate when the FME occurred at home in combination with the use of alcohol and/or street drugs.

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