A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that in 2013 and 2014, anticoagulants, diabetes agents, and opioid analgesics were among the most commonly implicated drug classes in emergency department visits for adverse drug events.

Christopher St. Clair, PharmD, ORISE Fellow and Clydette Powell, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director, Division of Health Care Quality, ODPHP

Every year, tens of thousands of patients die from infections they contract in hospitals — and at any given time, about 1 in 25 hospitalized patients have a health care-associated infection (HAI).…

Shared decision making is a patient-centered care communication strategy that encourages providers to inform patients about their options and then involve them in medical decisions — and it’s a key strategy for preventing hypoglycemic ADEs. That’s because applying a shared decision-making process to diabetes care results in individualized glycemic target setting — treatment is based on evidence-based guidelines and patients’ values and preferences.
On October 20, 2016, ODPHP announced proposed targets for the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan). The plan calls for coordination among federal and non-federal stakeholders to reduce adverse drug events that are considered to be common, clinically significant, preventable, and measurable. We invite interested public and private professionals, organizations, and consumer representatives to submit written comments by November 21, 2016.

By Don Wright, MD, MPH, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health; Director, ODPHP

Imagine a scenario in which your trusted family doctor told you that you need routine surgery. You might have been anxious or nervous at first, but you’ve had a chance to ask your doctor all your questions; you’ve planned for your recovery; and you are looking forward to living a healthier life afterward.…

By Ryan Moran, MD, Preventive Medicine Resident, University of California, San Diego

Although health care workers promote vaccinations to their patients, their own immunization rates lag behind the Healthy People 2020 target of 90%. This is a great concern, given that health care workers care for some of the most vulnerable populations in our society.…

Medications used to treat diabetes are among the most common causes of emergency hospitalizations due to adverse drug events. Diabetes agents are one of three medication classes that are the focus of the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention. The objectives of the action plan are to identify common, preventable, and measurable medication-induced harms and to align federal work to reduce adverse drug events nationally. The collective effort of all providers caring for patients with diabetes is essential in reaching national prevention goals for adverse drug events.
Continuing education for medical providers is one way we might be able to improve opioid prescription practices, and in turn, reduce misuse and overdose deaths. By making sure that everyone who prescribes an opioid – doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and so on – has the training to decide when opioid medications should and shouldn’t be used, prescribers might be able to limit these drugs to only those patients who will therapeutically benefit from them, and avoid prescribing them when other pain management options might be more effective.