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"These data suggest that focusing safety initiatives on a few medicines that commonly cause serious, measurable harms can improve care for many older Americans. Blood thinners and diabetes medicines often require blood testing and dosing changes, but these are critical medicines for older adults with certain medical conditions.
Doctors and patients should continue to use these medications but remember to work together to safely manage them."
An adverse event is "Any untoward medical occurrence that may present during treatment with a pharmaceutical product but which does not necessarily have a causal relationship with this treatment." [International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use.]"
"Policies and improvement programs to promote safe use of medications that most commonly cause serious, measurable harms can increase patient safety and reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and costs at the same time.
We are working across the federal government to address common preventable adverse drug events through medication management, care transition programs, and other initiatives."
"Improved management of antithrombotic and antidiabetic drugs has the potential to reduce hospitalizations for adverse drug events in older adults."
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"Emergency Hospitalizations for Adverse Drug Events in Older Americans"
Daniel S. Budnitz, M.D., M.P.H., Maribeth C. Lovegrove, M.P.H., Nadine Shehab, Pharm.D., M.P.H., and Chesley L. Richards, M.D., M.P.H.
N Engl J Med 2011; 365:2002-2012November 24, 2011
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