Drug-related deaths in the USA

The nature of case-mix coding may well be impacting on the data used to estimate drug-related excess mortality in the USA. Using annual death rates for 1999–2016 stratified by state, sex, five-year age group, and cause of death, researchers have modelled the...

EHRs not a fail-safe to prevent medication errors

Electronic health records (EHR) are becoming increasingly common in health systems, and one of the purported advantages of implementation is protection from medication safety events, including medication errors. American researchers used data from a national,...

VTE risk after antipsychotic drug use

There is conjecture regarding a possible association between use of antipsychotic drugs and the development of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Researchers from the USA recently published research that compared the incidence of antipsychotic use in patients who developed...

Polypharmacy on the rise amongst older Australians

Australian researchers have recently published data on an estimate of the prevalence of polypharmacy among Australians aged 70 years or more, spanning the years 2006–2017. Using data from a random 10% sample of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) – the...