A startling trend in medical malpractice has been diagnosed in a recent study published by The Journal of General Internal Medicine. The study reveals medical malpractice and physician negligence in the U.S. involving doctors making medication errors by prescribing unsafe prescription drugs to elderly patients is steadily growing. The research shows that one in five older Americans on Medicare are prescribed pharmaceuticals that are potentially harmful because of the severe effects caused by the medications. One especially interesting aspect of the study is the comparatively large occurrence of such prescriptions in the southern region of the U.S. In fact, older southerners from Texas to South Carolina are at a 12% greater risk to be prescribed dangerous pharmaceuticals than those living in New England.