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Briefing Date:07/14/2006
Topic:Preventing Medication Errors: Quality Chasm Series

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Health Care Services
Committee on Identifying and Preventing Medication Errors

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Congressional Briefings
Friday, July 14, 2006
203 Hart Senate Office Bldg. – 10:00 a.m.
And
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
2157 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 1:30 p.m.
2125 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 3:00 p.m.
and
428 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. – 4:00 p.m.

on

Preventing Medication Errors:
Quality Chasm Series

Requested by Congress in P.L. 108-173, this report addresses the problem of medication errors. It proposes a national agenda for reducing errors based on estimates of the incidence and cost of such errors and looks at the evidence on the efficacy of various prevention strategies. The report finds that medication errors are surprisingly common and costly and outlines a comprehensive approach to decreasing their prevalence.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on July 20, 2006 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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