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Clinical Practice  |   December 2002
Physician-pharmacist collaboration: a millennial paradigm to reduce medication errors
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Clinical Practice   |   December 2002
Physician-pharmacist collaboration: a millennial paradigm to reduce medication errors
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, December 2002, Vol. 102, 678-681. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2002.102.12.678
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, December 2002, Vol. 102, 678-681. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2002.102.12.678
Abstract

The Institute of Medicine has reported that medication errors cause an estimated 7000 deaths annually. Additionally, drug-related adverse events increase the risk of mortality by 1.88, with approximately 27% of reported adverse drug events attributed to negligence. As the healthcare system is faced with the challenge of reducing medication errors and adverse drug events, one viable solution may be to increase physician-pharmacist collaboration. According to the recent literature, increasing physicianpharmacist collaboration may result in a reduction in total drug morbidity and mortality.