A 1999 report on medical errors by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies identified medication errors as one of the most common types of these mishaps. In any given week, more than four out of five American adults take at least one medication and almost a third take five or more different prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, or herbal supplements. PREVENTING MEDICATION ERRORS, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, assesses the frequency and toll of drug-related mishaps. It reviews how these mistakes occur and recommends steps that health care organizations, government agencies, and pharmaceutical companies can take to reduce and prevent them. It also offers specific recommendations on how patients can protect themselves. The report will be released at a one-hour news conference.
Thursday, July 20, at 11 a.m. in the Lecture Room of the National Academies' building, 2100 C St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Those who cannot attend may listen to a live audio webcast of the briefing and submit questions using an e-mail form at
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