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With the accelerating introduction of new therapies as well as the increasing use of drugs in combating disease, medication safety is an increasing concern. Nationwide, more people die annually from medication errors than from workplace injuries. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has estimated that approximately 7,000 people die each year as a result of medication errors. HCIF has offered several programs to improve the safe use of medications. The Regional Medication Safety Program for Hospitals, initiated in 2004, has been nationally recognized by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) as one of the top five collaborative patient safety programs in the United States that is proactively addressing this issue.

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