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J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2019 Jul - Aug;59(4):474-478. doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2019.03.018. Epub 2019 May 17.

10 ways to improve medication safety in community pharmacies.

Abstract

DATA SOURCES:

Not applicable.

SUMMARY:

Since at least the time of Hippocrates, health care providers have recognized their responsibility to protect patients from potential harm resulting from the care they provide. In pharmacy, such harm typically results from a violation of any of the "5 rights" of safe medication use. However, a memorable adage stops short of providing operational guidance to improve medication safety. Specific actionable recommendations are needed to identify changes that, if implemented, would significantly improve the safety of medication delivery and use.

CONCLUSION:

Most threats to medication safety result from weaknesses or failures in one or more of the key system elements identified by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. Pharmacists should be advocates for implementing targeted recommendations to strengthen their practice systems and improve medication safety.

PMID:
31109811
DOI:
10.1016/j.japh.2019.03.018

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