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Dean Schillinger, MD; March 2004
A misunderstanding of instructions on how to administer medication leads to an infant choking on a syringe cap.
Bull G. USA Today. April 28, 2005.
This article reports on Target pharmacies' redesign of prescription bottles. The new bottles, designed to support safer outpatient medication use, have a flattened label and are color-coded for each family member.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Rockville, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; February 17, 2010.
This announcement alerts consumers and health care professionals to dangers associated with name confusion on a widely used over-the-counter medicine.
Payne JW. US News & World Report. May 3, 2010.
This piece offers medication safety advice for parents caring for children with chronic illness.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; December 6, 2012.
Haythorn R. ABC News. February 7, 2011.
This video news segment reports on a pharmacy error involving similar patient names. A pregnant woman was mistakenly given a chemotherapy medication instead of an antibiotic.
Landro L. Wall Street Journal. April 26, 2011:D1.
This newspaper article reports on factors contributing to the increasing number of consumer medication errors, including low literacy and confusing instructions, and discusses steps being taken to prevent such errors.
Tools/Toolkit > Fact Sheet/FAQs
Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; May 2011.
This flyer provides tips to help prevent consumer medication errors.
Audiovisual > Audiovisual Presentation
Gill L. Consumer Reports Health. June 2011.
This video reports on a sampling of prescriptions from major retail pharmacies that demonstrated gaps, inconsistencies, and lack of clarity in drug information distributed to patients with their medications.
Edmonton, AB, Canada: Canadian Patient Safety Institute; March 2011.
Explaining the importance of hand hygiene in the health care setting, this publication provides strategies for patients and families to prevent spreading health care–associated infections.
Furfaro H. Wall Street Journal. September 25, 2016.
Medication errors in pediatric care are common in the hospital and at home. This newspaper article reports on problems associated with medication safety among pediatric patients and highlights several tools both clinicians and parents can use to enhance safety when administering medicine to children, including dosage calculators and pictures depicting medication administration processes.