Medication Safety

Medication safety touches every action, initiative, and decision across the profession of pharmacy. IPA encourages every pharmacy practice setting to collaborate with other health care providers and patients to facilitate medication safety at all interfaces of patient care. As one profession, pharmacy can work to reduce harm to patients through improved medication safety. IPA continues to work with state policy makers and provider organizations to promote a statewide medication safety strategy, which will:

• Align with the priorities of the National Priorities Partnership Medication Safety Advisory Group
• Align federally-sponsored medication harm reduction initiatives in Iowa
o Patient Safety & Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative (PSPC)
• Align with national reporting efforts and use data to effect change
• Promote best practices and other resources to accelerate change

Through national efforts to make healthcare safer and less costly by targeting and reducing the millions of preventable injuries and complications from healthcare acquired conditions. In collaboration with the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, IPA will work with pharmacy practices to identify and create innovative solutions designed to reduce patient harm and improve care coordination.

Medication Safety Programs:
The GenerationRx Initiative: The Generation Rx Initiative began at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in 2007 as a program to enhance medication safety and combat the increasing misuse and abuse of prescription drugs through educational prevention. Partnering with the Cardinal Health Foundation, the program has created toolkits aimed at specific audiences that are available to the public at no cost.

Katy’s Kids: IPA developed Katy’s Kids as a program to teach children about medicines and medicine safety in 1988. Katy’s Kids strives to instill a sense of proper medication use in children. Presentations are given to classrooms by pharmacists and student pharmacists of the community, and targeted for kindergarten through second grade students. In its first 20 years, Katy’s Kids has been presented by pharmacists around the country in 30 states to 200 classrooms- instructing over 50,000 children.

Community-Based Presentations:
Role of the Pharmacist 
Medication Adherence 

Other Available Resources:
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
National Patient Safety Foundation
Veterinary Medication Use