Even though millions of people take the drugs for long periods of time, there is little evidence to support that use.
An exhaustive account of frustrations, difficulties, misspent resources, and safety concerns came across loud and clear from respondents who participated in ISMP’s August through October 2017 national survey on drug shortages.
Pharmacies would have new limits on filling opioid prescriptions for Medicare beneficiaries under regulations proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Emergency Departments prescribe fewer opioid pills to their patients when the EMR default setting was set to 10 tablets.
In 2016, a record 912 people died from an overdose in Colorado, according to data recently released by the state health department. Of those, 300 people died from an opioid overdose. Opioid use often leads to an addiction to heroin, which claimed another 228 lives last year in the state. Those two causes together now rival the number of deaths from car accidents in the state.
It’s a simple enough idea: Surgeons should give patients fewer pills after surgery — the time when many people are first introduced to what can be highly addictive painkillers.
Data from the World Health Organization indicates that medication-related errors cause at least one death every day and injure approximately 1.3 million people each year in the United States alone.
ISMP will use the aggregate findings to plan additional educational curricula, tools, and resources to help healthcare practitioners enhance safety when using high-alert medications.
The San Diego outbreak, and a number of others in California and across the United States, have generated a spike in demand for hepatitis A vaccine and put a squeeze on supplies, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nurses in poorer health had an up to 71% higher likelihood of reporting medical errors than did her healthier peers.