Patient Safety & Clinical Risk Management

We are living in an age of modern medicine, in which technology and pharmacology have rendered once-fatal conditions treatable, or merely chronic. However, the great irony of this historic leap into the future of medicine is that many patients have yet to reap its benefits. A host of hurdles may interfere with successful pharmacotherapy even after a condition is diagnosed and a prescription is written: drug availability, cost, outdated or contaminated medications, drug interactions, and, perhaps most insidious, nonadherence to a prescribed course of treatment.