Medication Errors–A Threat To Patient Safety

Source: Colorcon

By Jay Anbil and Steve Yoder

Medical prescription drug errors by doctors, pharmacists and patients account for 1.5 million incidences of sickness, injuries or deaths in the U.S. each year. Thirty percent of these unnecessary adverse events are attributed to human errors in identifying drugs and dosages. In fact, more people die from adverse drug events each year than from highway accidents, breast cancer, or complications from HIV.

FDA: We’re working to reduce the risks

The FDA’s first priority is patient safety.

The FDA has been working for several years to reduce the risk of patient infections associated with reusable endoscopes — small, flexible lighted tubes that allow doctors to see inside patients and treat certain medical conditions in a less invasive manner than traditional surgery. The devices, which include duodenoscopes, are reprocessed, or cleaned and disinfected, for use between patients.

How Automated Compounding Can Reduce Hospital Costs

The $200 million fund created to compensate victims of the 2012 meningitis outbreak tied to tainted drugs from the New England Compounding Center is an extreme example of how expensive compounding errors can be.

Clinical Perspectives in Compounding

Human Factors in Sterile Compounding Involving a Hospital Pharmacy