A report out this week from the US Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that 1.5 million Americans are being injured each year as a result of prescribing mistakes related to medications. The errors are costing more than $3.5 billion each year. The report also suggests that 7000 people continue to die each year as a result of wrongly prescribed or errors related to medications.
Fluoride enthusiasts are having their way here in California, having succeeded in prying open the valve that controls additives to municipal water. Fluoride has the distinction of being the only chemical (so far) to be added to public water for the purpose of treating the person, rather than treating the water.
The curious front-page story that had me scratching my head concerned the intrepid scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) who claim to have carefully studied the question of daily multiple vitamin/mineral use and found the evidence supporting this practice to be “especially thin.”
The General Accounting Office is the investigative arm of Congress. GAO’s mission is to help the Congress oversee federal programs and operations to assure accountability to the American people. A two-year study by the U.S. GAO has concluded that adverse drug events, complications or even deaths due to mistakes in the prescribing or use of drugs, is a serious problem, but is impossible to measure because of a lack of information.