Journal Article

Is oral chemotherapy prescription safe for patients? A cross-sectional survey.

Bourmaud A, Pacaut C, Melis A, et al. Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology. 2014;25:500-4.

Very high rates of adverse drug events have been reported in patients receiving outpatient oral chemotherapy. This survey of French oncologists found that few of them routinely used safety procedures such as education about potential adverse effects, standardized monitoring, or electronic prescribing. A 2013 Institute of Medicine report called attention to this and other persistent safety problems in cancer care, referring to it as "a system in crisis."