Medication Safety

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Antibiotics save millions of lives every year. However, the emergence of drug resistance in bacteria is undermining the effectiveness of current antibiotics and our ability to treat and prevent disease. The CDC estimates that 2,049,442 illnesses and 23,000 deaths are caused annually by antibiotic resistance1. These numbers are alarming and have resulted in national and international calls to action.

National estimates suggest that adverse drug events (ADEs) contribute an additional $3.5 billion to U.S. health care costs.2 ADEs are a direct result of drugs used during medical care that produce harmful events, including, but are not limited to, medication errors, adverse drug reactions, allergic reactions and overdoses.

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