FDA launches plan to curb accidental overdoses

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is launching a program to try and prevent millions of accidental drug overdoses that occur each year due to medication errors, misuse and other problems.

Under the plan, the FDA will work with physicians to identify the types of drugs that pose the greatest risks to patients. Proposals to improve safety include: simplifying drug labeling, standardizing dosage cups for cold medicines and requiring risk-management plans of drug manufacturers.

The agency will hold several public meetings to gather comments and plans to start its first initiatives within the next 12 months. The FDA says medication errors send 4 million Americans to the emergency room each year, resulting in 117,000 hospitalizations.

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  • by Anne Location: PCB on Nov 4, 2009 at 02:06 PM
    How about (RX) drug testing your patients ..random drug testing is wonderful...you would be surprised how many medicare/medicaid patients pop dirty on their urine test..nice to see...they don't have money for their medical bills but they sure find a way to get illegal and legal prescriptions. Also...if a person is seeking pain management..they should have only 1 pharmacy on file with that pain management Dr and sign a waiver that the pain management Dr is the only Dr allowed to give him pain medication...If the general MD is writing scripts for pain..they can follow the same procedures...as far as over the counter drugs and misuse...we'll that is a whole other demon..
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