Every year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration receives over 100,000 reports related to errors in medication that have occurred throughout hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and more. While some of these are related to improper prescribing, others are due to administrative errors and errors inherent in filling out or transferring paper-based documentation. It is estimated that up to 9,000 Americans die each year as a result of these errors. Importantly, medication errors can also affect pets, with many dying or sustaining injuries due to such errors.
When the coronavirus pandemic struck, many consumers and healthcare professionals alike looked for new ways to gain access to necessary healthcare without compromising health and safety in crowded waiting rooms and hospitals. The answer presented itself in the form of telemedicine.