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Washington DC: National Academy of Medicine and the Aspen Institute.
Despite increased awareness regarding the public health impacts of opioid misuse and overdose in the United States, the complexity of the problem has hindered the effectiveness of improvement efforts. This website highlights the work of a multiorganizational collaborative to explore systemic solutions to address the opioid crisis. An Annual Perspective discussed the impact of the opioid epidemic on patient safety.
Drug Enforcement Administration. April 28, 2018.
Removing unused medications from the home can help prevent accidental exposure to unneeded medications and limit their availability for misuse. This annual program provides patients with an opportunity to discard medications safely. The sponsors also provide education to highlight the importance of appropriate disposal of unused prescription drugs as a medication safety activity.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
Structured interaction with a wide variety of experts and environments enables medication safety improvement. This 2-week educational program provides international clinicians with the opportunity to work with leaders based in the United States to engage in incident analysis, project design, and strategic planning to enhance medication safety efforts in their home countries.
Food and Drug Administration, Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
This fellowship program provides clinicians with learning opportunities at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and the US Food and Drug Administration. The appointment consists of a pair of successive 6-month positions designed to provide experience in both system improvement and regulatory approaches to enhance medication safety. The process for submitting applications is now closed.
Horsham, PA: Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
There is a noted lack of agreement on measures to study and track safety hazards and the effectiveness of improvement strategies. This survey seeks input from the field to inform the development of a list of medication-related measures to communicate concerns related to drug class, technology use, and medication administration practices as a way to provide data to senior management in an easily accessible format.
FDA Safety Communication. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; February 25, 2015.
The practice of using multi-dose insulin pens, meant for single patient use only, among multiple patients has been linked to health care–associated infections. This announcement outlines federal labeling requirements to raise awareness of the risks associated with this practice to prevent misuse of the devices.
MedWatch Safety Alert, FDA Drug Safety Communication. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; August 2, 2010.
This announcement reports on numerous errors in which an oral medication, nimodipine, was administered intravenously and describes how such errors occur.
Sentinel Event Alert. January 25, 2006;(35):1-4.
This alert emphasizes the importance of reconciling medications and supports implementation of this Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations' (JCAHO) National Patient Safety Goal.