Thursday, October 23, 2008

safe medication use

Politicians endlessly prowl across Pennsylvania once described by James Carville as "Philadelphia at one end of the state, Pittsburgh at the other end, and Alabama in the middle.”

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





  1. I had no idea on many of these numbers and in my line of work we are alert to side effects of meds. I take tylenol everyday. Humm. Thanks for sharing the link.

  2. I'm going to check out that link this weekend, very interesting though; its amazing how many people actually get sick/die from the very medications designed to make them feel better

    thanks for sharing this Patric


  3. Jack takes several of these medications... this is scary....thanks for the information.

  4. great post, the news just brushes over this data.


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