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By Institute of Medicine, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Roundtable on Health Literacy, Lyla M. Hernandez

Medicinal drugs are a huge portion of overall healthiness care, yet every year their misuse ends up in over 1000000 opposed drug occasions that result in workplace and emergency room visits in addition to hospitalizations and, every now and then, loss of life. As a patient's so much tangible resource of knowledge approximately what drug has been prescribed and the way that drug is to be taken, the label on a box of prescription medicine is an important defensive line opposed to such medicine protection difficulties, but nearly half all sufferers misunderstand label directions approximately the right way to take their medicinal drugs. Standardizing medicine Labels: complicated sufferers much less is the precis of a workshop, held in Washington, D.C. on October 12, 2007, that was once equipped to envision what's identified approximately how medicine box labeling impacts sufferer protection and to debate techniques to addressing pointed out difficulties.

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M. m. m. QID med Med Taken QID med BID med TID and QID med TID med SOURCE: Wood (2007). TABLE 2-3 Simplified Medication Schedule for TID, QID, and BID Time of Day TID QID BID Breakfast Lunch Dinner Bedtime X X X X X X X X X SOURCE: Wood (2007). Wood reported that a study by Wolf demonstrated that 77 percent of prescriptions could be easily accommodated by the UMS (personal communication, Michael Wolf, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, October 2007). Of the 346,000 oral prescriptions examined, the study found the following: • • • • 51 percent were once a day.

All rights reserved. html REACTION FROM THE PHARMACY FIELD 29 The ASHP does support a broadly based stakeholder process for investigating the problems and the best means for establishing needed standards. Organizations that should participate in this process include the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), the NCPDP, HL7, the Joint Commission, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), and, given the emergence of ePrescribing models and other informatics initiatives, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

Finally, the FDA does not perceive that existing federal regulations would interfere with implementing standardization. D. Department of Veterans Affairs As a comprehensive health care system, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may face challenges that differ slightly from those encountered in the private sector. The VA serves approximately 5 million veteran patients and dispenses approximately 120 million prescriptions a year. It serves an aging population, the average age of which is approximately 65 years old.

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