National Academies Report on Preventing Medication Errors

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on July 21, 2006

“At the urging of the Senate Finance Committee, the United States Congress mandated that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sponsor a study by the IOM to address the problem of medication errors. Preventing Medication Errors puts forward a national agenda for reducing medication errors based on estimates of the incidence and cost of such errors and evidence on the efficacy of various prevention strategies. The report finds that medication errors are surprisingly common and costly to the nation, and it outlines a comprehensive approach to decreasing the prevalence of these errors. This approach will require changes from doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and others in the health care industry, from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other government agencies, from hospitals and other health-care organizations, and from patients.”

  • Fact Sheet. What You Can Do to Avoid Medication Errors
  • Report Brief. Preventing Medication Errors
  • Free Executive Summary (33 pages, PDF)
  • Table of Contents to full-text report
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