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Medication Safety is Important

This is a public service announcement


August 1, 2019

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.

The numbers of adverse drug events is likely to grow due to:

• Development of new medicines.

• Discovery of new uses for older medicines.

• Aging American population.

• Increased use of medicines for disease treatment and prevention.

• Expansion of insurance coverage for prescription medicines.

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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