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The following are excerpts from the newsletter

February 9, 2000

  • Survey shows how hospitals use the ISMP Medication Safety Alert! to improve medication safety
  • ISMP challenges Congress: "Do you want a report card or do you want to learn how to prevent errors?"
  • Safety Briefs
    • Caffeine citrate injection now available from Roxane Laboratories. Package labeling may, however, lead to some confusion.
      CAFCIT® label
    • Drug names can easily be misheard when drug information is requested by telephone.
    • The Clinton-Gore FY2001 budget calls for $16 million in new spending for the FDA to address the problem of medical errors, and for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to use $20 million in existing funds for research.
    • The American Hospital Association (AHA) presented its Award of Honor for 2000 to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
    • Please complete the pediatrics safe practices survey attached to this issue. We'll report findings in a future issue.

February 23, 2000

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