• Vol. 50 No. 7, 572–577
  • 15 July 2021

Merits of a harmonised system to classify drug-related problems in Singapore


A drug-related problem (DRP) is commonly defined as an event or circumstance involving drug treatment that actually or potentially interferes with the optimal outcome of a patient’s medical care. It broadly includes events related to errors, adverse effects or adherence issues. DRPs are associated with increased healthcare costs and hospital admissions, prolonged hospital stays, reduced quality of life and increased mortality.

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