The National Security Agency drug launches information campaign for patients and their families, especially parents of sick children, reminding them of the rules 4 key to reduce the risk of medication errors.
It will propose in a second time, recommendations to pharmaceutical companies.
Following numerous reports of medication errors that reached it, ANSM decided to sensitize the general public rules to minimize this risk.
Errors reported concern the administration of the products features: dropper pipettes, measuring spoons.
For this reason, they affect mostly young people, from infants to children of 11 years, which have developed this type of device.
Of the total reported cases, more than one third have led to an undesirable effect, which considered serious half.
These errors occurred mostly in patients’ homes, are made patients themselves or a family member, a parent often.
It also happens that this is the device itself that is causing the error, because, for example, a double graduation or a lack of clarity.
Of posters to remind the 4 key rules.
To prevent such errors, MSNA is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the general public in the form of a poster recalling the four key rules to limit the risk of error : – The devices are not universal and are specific to a particular drug, it should therefore not be used for another product – You should always keep the delivery device with the corresponding drug – if doubt, seek advice from a health professional – always read the information leaflet before use.
The MSNA should, in a second time, make recommendations to pharmaceutical companies to encourage them to simplify certain delivery devices, she says.
SourceCommunique Press ANSM, Dec. 2, 2013..