Medication errors cost about $20 billion annually. This is just one of the findings reached by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics in their report, Avoidable Costs in the U.S. Healthcare: The $200 Billion Opportunity from Using Medicines More Responsibly. These medication errors are found every step along the way of administering drugs, from writing of the prescription to monitoring the effect of the medication. The IMS found sloppy handwriting led to patients getting the wrong drug or the wrong dose. Doctors also fail to check to see if their patient is getting better, thus they fail to discover that their patient is receiving the right medicine. The full report can be viewed at http://www.theimsinstitute.org.