The FDA has announced its Safe Use Initiative. The mission of the program is to create and facilitate public and private collaborations within the healthcare community to reduce preventable harm by identifying specific, preventable medication risks and developing, implementing and evaluating cross-sector interventions with partners who are committed to safe medication use. They are looking to partner with federal agencies, healthcare professionals and professional societies, pharmacies, hospitals, and other health care entities plus patients, caregivers, consumers, and their representative organizations.
Itís a pretty broad initiative and includes many opportunities to improve medication safety. Some specific topics mentioned include reducing the risk of acetaminophen toxicity, reducing surgical fire risk associated with alcohol-based preps, errors related to medication dosing devices, and issues related to medication vials.
FDA Safe Use Initiative