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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 federally-sponsored medication harm reduction initiatives in Iowa
o Iowa Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) & the Partnership for Patients
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.

Community-Based Presentations:
Role of the Pharmacist 
Medication Adherence 

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