Preventing Potentially Deadly Drug Errors

Physicians, and the healthcare systems in which they work, could use something like a "watch list" to more efficiently identify medication errors that are likely to lead to injury to elderly patients. This list of drug and laboratory signals could be used to help design better and safer systems for prescribing and monitoring drug therapy, according to Jerry Gurwitz, MD, executive director of Meyers Primary Care Institute of Worcester, Massachusetts, a joint initiative of the Fallon Healthcare

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