medication safety

Safety Concerns Over Some Hepatitis C DrugsThe ISMP has issued a report that links several direct-acting antiviral agents for hepatitis C to serious adverse side effects. But drug makers take issue.
Faulty Drug Interaction Overrides: We Have to Do BetterWe need a system that cries wolf only when a wolf actually appears--not every time a chihuahua dances by.
Spike in drug shortages raises alarm
Spike in drug shortages raises alarmDrug shortages take a toll, especially on emergency department patients.
Three ways providers should address drug shortagesPreventing drug shortages requires a “swat team” mentality by all, including FDA, manufacturers, group purchasing organizations (GPOs), and health systems. Here’s what healthcare providers should do about the issue.
Clinical decision support tools: 9 ways they improve careA clinical staff armed with the best clinical decision support (CDS) tools can be a game changer when it comes to improving care quality and reducing care costs.
Hospital pharmacists improve management of diabetes patientsMedication reconciliation, inpatient care, med safety, discharge education, transitions of care, medication adherence — these are only some of the ways pharmacists can benefit the healthcare team. There are plenty more.
3 ways to recognize hospital pharmacists this weekIt's National Hospital & Health-System Pharmacy Week, and ASHP is encouraging pharmacists to give themselves a shout-out.
How to develop drug formularies for pain treatment in women of reproductive age
How to develop drug formularies for pain treatment in women of reproductive ageMore than one-third of reproductive-aged women enrolled in Medicaid, and more than a quarter of those with private insurance, filled a prescription for an opioid pain medication each year during 2008 to 2012, according to a recent report in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
FDA, EMA to work together on pharmacovigilanceFDA plans to work closely with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to ensure the safety of medicines, according to a Feb. 19 announcement.
Most medicines are safe during breastfeedingA new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs says that many medicines are safe to use for breastfeeding mothers, but it cautions that the risk for babies of exposure to any drug through breast milk must be evaluated for both the importance of the medication to the mother and the benefits of breastfeeding for the infant.