About the Course
- Describe the significance of the Institute of Medicine's 1999 and 2006 report on medication errors.
- Define and distinguish between the following terms: safe medication, drug safety, quality issues, medication errors and adverse drug events.
- List each of the governing bodies involved in medication safety (FDA, AHRQ, IOM, USP, NCC, ISMP, JCAHO).
- Identify the types of medication errors made by pharmacists.
- Discuss additional reasons that pharmacists may cause a medication error, as defined by the Food and Drug Administration.
- Identify the ways a patient may be responsible for initiating a medication error.
- Discuss the format for reporting a medication error.
- Identify ways to promote medication safety for patients.
- Identify the six medication "rights" to improve patient safety.
- Discuss recommendations to improve patient safety during the distribution phase of drug administration.
- Identify the consumer's role in improving medication safety.
About the Author
Bradley Gillespie, Pharm.D.
Bradley Gillespie, Pharm.D. is a clinical pharmacist who has practiced in an industrial setting for over 20 years. He served as a clinical and a biopharmaceutics reviewer at the Food & Drug Administration, as well as led early development programs within the pharma/biotech/nutritional industries. He has a special interest in supporting drug development efforts for rare and neglected diseases. In addition to his industrial focus, he operates a medical writing business with a focus on developing interesting and thought-provoking pharmacist and pharmacy technician continuing education programs. He remains a registered pharmacist.