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'Medicine Safety: Take Care' report released

Global news 1 February 2019

Professor Libby Roughead, on of our program leaders, is one of the authors of new report which reveals that 250,000 Australians are hospitalised each year, with another 400,000 presenting to emergency departments, as a result of medication errors, inappropriate use, misadventure and interactions. At least half of these could have been prevented.

The Medicine Safety: Take Care report, developed for the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia by the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre at the University of South Australia, calculates the annual cost of medication-related problems in Australia at nearly $1.4 billion – equivalent to 15 per cent of total PBS expenditure.  

You can read the full report here.

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