Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pharmacist Interventions Reduce Adverse Drug Events

Problems in adherence are often associated with side-effects and other adverse events related to improper care. Two randomized controlled trials of pharmacist interventions were conducted using 800 patients with cardiovascular disease. Results showed a 34% reduced risk of an event (adverse event or medication error) in the intervention groups. This included a lower risk of adverse events (RR, 0.65, p=0.05), preventable adverse events (RR, 0.52, p=0.05), potential adverse events (RR, 0.70, p=0.05) and medication errors (RR, 0.63, p=0.05).