FDA receives award for educational broadcasts on medical device safety

12/10/2008

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration has won an award for a monthly video series designed to promote safe use of medical products and prevent medication errors, the FDA announced Tuesday.

The series, “FDA Patient Safety News,” won the Cheers Award from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. The award honors organizations that work to prevent medication errors and adverse drug reactions.

The series is broadcast monthly over several medical satellite television networks to more than 4,500 hospitals and long-term care facilities in the United States. It conveys safety information about drugs, devices and vaccines directly from the FDA to pharmacists, physicians, nurses, risk managers and educators. It also contains reports on recalls, safety alerts and medical errors.

The agency makes videos available at www.fda.gov/psn.

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