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650,000 Australians end up at hospital with medication issues, report reveals

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An independent report commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has identified that around 250,000 Australians are hospitalised each year due to medicine-related issues—and half of these could have been prevented.

The Medicine Safety: Take Care report, developed by the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre at the University of South Australia, estimates that each year a quarter of a million people in Australia are hospitalised due to medication errors, inappropriate use, misadventures and interactions. The authors calculate the issue to be a $1.4 billion problem for Australia.

The report also reveals 400,000 additional presentations to emergency departments are likely to be due to medication-related problems.

For more information on the findings of the report, visit www.psa.org.au/medicine-safety.

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