WHO Aims to Reduce Medication Errors by Half in Five Years

The World Health Organisation has launched a global initiative (Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety), which aims to reduce by half The damages associated with medication in all the countries of the world during the next five years.

Through this initiative, they will seek to identify the weaknesses that are the main cause of errors and damages caused by medication in different health systems, with the intention of improving the way in which medicines are prescribed, dispensed and administered and increase awareness of patients regarding the risks associated with misuse.

Beyond health impact, WHO estimates that medication errors would be costing an estimated $42 billion per year, accounting for almost 1% of total health expenditure.

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Published 10. April 2017 in News EU