FDA: Serious drug problems rising; Webcast will offer LTC answers

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A free webcast scheduled to delve into medication management practices in the long-term care setting is taking on even greater importance in the wake of a new report on drug errors.

Serious adverse drug events involving inpatient and outpatient drugs more than doubled over a seven-year period ending in 2005, according to a new analysis of Food and Drug Administration statistics. Seven of the 15 drugs most often involved with deaths from these problems were pain medications, investigators found.

McKnight's will deliver a free one-hour Webcast, "Prescribing Medication Just Got Easier," at 2 p.m. (Eastern) on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Three national long-term care experts will speak during the hour-long event, which is being sponsored by Achieve Healthcare Technologies.

Free registration is now taking place at ahttp://www.iian.ibeam.com/events/haym001/22991/

The study on serious adverse drug events culled data from the FDA's voluntary Adverse Event Reporting System. The study was featured in Monday's edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine.