5 Moments for Medication Safety

WHO has also developed an easy to navigate Medsafe app that helps patients and caregivers to review and ask key questions during the 5 Moments for Medication Safety. The app is available on the Google play store and Apple App store.

5 Moments for Medication Safety: Starting, Taking, Adding, Reviewing, Stopping

The WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication without Harm was formally launched in 2017 and continues to strive toward the goal of reducing and eliminating medication related harm. 

Doctors, pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies, patients, and caregivers all work together to be more aware and take action to eliminate risk factors.  More ideas and information are available on the WHO website: https://www.who.int/initiatives/medication-without-harm. 

Honorable Santiago Negrón Introduces Talking Prescription Bill to Puerto Rico Senate



Honorable María de Lourdes Santiago Negrón has introduced bill PS 0287 to require talking prescription labels for the blind and visually impaired.  "...the indicators used by the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics, according to data generated by the U.S. Census Bureau, estimate that people with severe vision problems or blindness represent 6.1% of the population [of Puerto Rico]. This represents a total of 214,000 people with severe visual impairment or blindness, which is equivalent to a population greater than the total number of inhabitants of the municipality of Bayamón." If passed this legislation would require pharmacies to provide talking prescription labels to assist in the safe management of medication for people who are blind and visually impaired.  For more information about the bill's text and status visit: https://sutra.oslpr.org/osl/esutra/MedidaReg.aspx?rid=138318

Maine Board of Pharmacy to Conduct Review of Available Pharmacy Accommodations in the State



Maine House Bill 172 passed as amended, requiring the evaluation by the Board of Pharmacy of existing accommodations available to persons who are visually impaired to access prescription information. By January 15, 2022, the Maine Board of Pharmacy shall submit a report, including suggested legislation, based on its evaluation to the Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services.
The board shall gather information from pharmacies, including the number of persons who are visually impaired served by that pharmacy, the accommodations currently provided by that pharmacy and any barriers for a pharmacy to provide accommodations requested by a person who is visually impaired.