The author summarizes the P&T Society’s Task Force Report in support of the initiatives undertaken by the Institute of Medicine to reduce medical errors. Opportunities for improvement, “practices of excellence,” and the Society’s perspective are outlined.
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P&T® Journal contents for July 2004
Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care: The P&T Society’s Response to the Challenges of Medication Errors
Presentations focused on improving the quality of health care and reducing the occurrence of medical errors. Also included were such topics as the role of the P&T Society, the Institute of Medicine’s agenda for health care quality and the P&T Society’s response, the findings of the Society’s Working Group, the impact of P&T committee decision strategies, the challenges of the economic environment, the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, and formulary management.
Recent advances in the treatment of musician’s dystonia, epilepsy, restless legs syndrome, Tourette syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and migraine are presented.
Dr. Silver reviews the potential benefits of COX-1–sparing drugs. When compared with traditional NSAIDs, the judicious use of the COX-1–sparing agents can have improved effects on the GI tract and provide efficacious pain relief.