6 Stories, Studies on Prescription Drug Safe Practices

The following are the latest stories on prescription drug safe practices from Becker's Hospital Review and Becker's ASC Review from the past month.

1. Hospitals with a medication safety officer scored higher on the Institute for Safe Medication Practices—Medication Safety Self Assessment surveys, according to an article in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

2. Improving physician continuity or site-of-care continuity for patients with multiple chronic conditions can reduce the rate of medication duplications, according to research published in Medical Care.

3. The Billings (Mont.) Clinic is working on creating interoperability between automated medication dispensing cabinets and the electronic health record.

4. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a statement recommending healthcare providers do not provide or dispense prescription combination drug products containing more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen.

5. Unnecessary use of antibiotics in the emergency department in the past decade has declined for patients age 19 and younger but remained unchanged for adult patients, according to an article in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

6. Researchers examining neonate drug label changes following recent legislation found only 46 percent of neonatal labeling changes indicated the safety and effectiveness of the drug, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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