Latest drug alerts and warnings.
- High Risk Medications*
Medication use in general can pose risk to patients. However, some medications have higher than usual risk associated with the prescribing, preparation, administration of the medication, as well as issues related to monitoring the effects of the medication. UUHC does not have a high risk drug policy per se. This is because we already have many policies and guidelines in place to assist in managing the risk. The following strategies are used to manage high risk drugs: Policy and procedures; guidelines and protocols; preprinted orders, and application of technology. This summarizes these documents and measures to reduce events from high risk medications.
- PSN Patient Safety Net*
Patient Safety Net (PSN) is a web-based adverse event and medication error reporting tool.
- REMS programs
Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) programs are used by the FDA and drug manufacturers to help monitor medication safety during postmarketing.
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) governs the disposal of hazardous chemicals, including some medications. The intent of RCRA is to minimize the effect that hazardous wastes have on the environment and human health. Healthcare systems are held accountable for ensuring the proper disposal of RCRA regulated pharmaceutical waste (also called “black box” waste).
- Sound Alike / Look Alike
Drug names can often sound similar or appear similar. In addition the appearance of the products can look similar enough to cause confusion. These can easily be confused contributing to adverse medication events.
Up-to date information on drug shortages affecting UUHSC. Includes information on therapeutic alternatives when these drugs are not available.
- ISMP Newsletters*
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
- JCAHO List of "Do Not Use Abbreviations"
The Joint Commission's official list of potentially-dangerous abbreviations. Because these abbreviations may increase the potential for error or misinterpretation, they should be avoided when ordering medications.