Medication Safety is Important
This is a public service announcement
Last updated 8/5/2019 at 11:52am
Adverse drug events are harms resulting from the use of medication and include allergic reactions, side effects, overmedication and medication errors. Adverse drug events are a serious public health problem.
It is estimated that:
• 82 percent of American adults take at least one medication and 29 percent take five or more.
• ADEs cause approximately 1.3 million emergency department visits and 350,000 hospitalizations each year.
• $3.5 billion is spent on excess medical costs of ADEs annually.
• More than 40% of costs related to ambulatory (non-hospital) ADEs might be preventable.