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Institute of Medicine report strives to reduce medication errors

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7561.220-f (Published 27 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:220

Washington Bob Roehr

Injuries related to drug treatment harm at least 1.5 million Americans each year, resulting in an additional $3.5bn (£1.9bn; €2.8bn) in hospital spending, says a report by the US Institute of Medicine.

The report was commissioned by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the direction of Congress and released on 20 July.

It found that drug related errors are the most common medical errors and can occur at every stage from prescription through to monitoring the patient's response. The report estimates that …

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