Free FDA Patient Safety News Videos


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses material from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) to produce short videos on important medication safety topics. Stories about errors are brought to life monthly in video news clips called Patient Safety News.

The videos are for nurses, pharmacists, and doctors. But many of the topics would be of great interest to consumers, and most are presented in easy-to-understand language. Many hospitals and healthcare organizations show these recordings on their television networks. The videos are also available for free by downloading them on your computer. Some recent examples are listed and summarized next.

Recognizing Warfarin Brand Names (December 2008). Health professionals and consumers may not realize Jantoven, Coumadin, and warfarin are all warfarin. People have taken two or more of these drugs at the same time.

Mix-ups between Insulin U-100 and U-500 (April 2008). The video reports mix-ups between two different strengths of insulin: U-100 (normal strength) and U-500 (concentrated strength). These errors have led to dangerously low or high levels of sugar in the blood, which required emergency care.

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Created on March 1, 2009

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