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World Patients Day is dedicated to the safety of medicines. WHO: “Misuse of it costs $42 billion a year”

This is the balance of therapeutic errors in drug management in the world. Errors can occur in all steps: from prescription to administration and lack of monitoring. The World Health Organization’s goal is to reduce errors by 50% in five years.

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The World Health Organization celebrated World Patient Safety Day on Saturday 17 September.

This year’s theme is drugs that start from two assumptions: drugs are the most widely used interventions in health care, and drug-related harms make up the largest proportion of the total preventable harm from unsafe treatments, not to mention the economic and psychological burden these harms impose.

So the primary goal of the day is to acknowledge the great burden and complexity of preventing and reducing drug-related harm.

WHO campaign goals:
1. Raise global awareness of the significant burden of drug-related harm due to medication errors and unsafe practices and advocate for urgent action to improve drug safety.

2. Involve key stakeholders and partners in efforts to prevent medication errors and reduce drug-related harm.

3. Enabling patients and their families to actively participate in the safe use of medicines.

4. Promote implementation of the WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Harmless Medicines.

Medicines without harm
Unsafe treatment practices and medication errors are a major cause of injury and avoidable harm in health care systems around the world.

Globally, the cost associated with medication errors has been estimated at $42 billion annually. Errors can occur at different stages of the drug use process.

Medication errors occur when poor medication systems and/or human factors such as fatigue, poor environmental conditions, or staff shortages affect the practices of prescribing, transcribing, administering, administering, and monitoring medications, which can then cause severe harm, disability, and even death.

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Multiple interventions have already been developed to address the frequency and impact of medication errors, but their implementation varies.

The goal of the World Health Organization is to obtain a commitment from WHO Member States and professional bodies around the world to reduce drug-related harm.

medicine without harm It aims to reduce the serious avoidable drug-related harm by 50% globally over the next five years.

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