Penn State football and Phillies baseball play on the national stage.
Fortunately for ALL of us caregivers or consumers ... in Horsham, PA the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, the nation’s only nonprofit organization devoted entirely to medication error prevention and safe medication use, is hard at work. While not exactly grabbing the headlines they should be paid attention.
"A record number of deaths and serious injuries associated with drug therapy were reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the first quarter of 2008."
"The total was 38% higher than the average for the previous four quarters, and the highest for any quarter."
"While prescription drugs bring great benefits to millions of patients and most are used safely, these data show the need for additional progress to better manage the risks to patients."
You can read their complete study at
Quarter Watch: 2008 Quarter 1, October 23, 2008
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer