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Horsham, PA: Institute for Safe Medication Practices; 2012.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. March 8, 2012;17:1-3.
This newsletter piece discusses the pros and cons of physicians dispensing medications and its impact on patient safety.
Chase M. Wall Street Journal. August 16, 2005:D1.
This article reports that in other countries, some medications have the same brand name as U.S. medications but contain completely different ingredients, often for treatment of different conditions. To avoid mix-ups, the article cautions against purchasing prescription medications abroad.
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Metlay JP, Cohen A, Polsky D, Kimmel SE, Koppel R, Hennessy S. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005;53:976-982.
This study describes the medication-taking practices of older adults taking high-risk medications, including warfarin, digoxin, and phenytoin. Using participants of a state-sponsored prescription drug coverage program for elderly patients, investigators conducted telephone surveys to identify potential areas for intervention in reducing adverse events. Based on responses from nearly 5000 participants, one-third reported receiving a lack of instructions about their medications, almost half received such instructions from a pharmacist, and half reported using a pill box to coordinate their medication use. The authors suggest that improved educational efforts and increased use of dispensing organizers may provide an opportunity for reducing adverse events.