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Chui MA, Pohjanoksa-Mäntylä M, Snyder ME, eds. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2019;15(7):811-906.

Medication safety is a worldwide challenge. This special issue discusses factors affecting the reliability of the ordering, dispensing, and administration of medications across a range of environments. Articles cover topics such as the need to deepen understanding of safety in community pharmacies, the use of smart pumps for high-alert medications, and the international effort to reduce medication-related harm.
Blandford A, Dykes PC, Franklin BD, et al. Drug Saf. 2019;42:1157-1165.
Intravenous medication infusions are an important target for safety interventions. Many infused medications, such as opioids and chemotherapy, require vigilant adherence to protocol to prevent harm. Technical solutions to infusion errors such as computerized provider order entry, barcode medication administration, and smart infusion pumps have been implemented with some success. Investigators compared infusion errors in the United States, where all three technical interventions are common, to the United Kingdom, where those technical interventions are rare. Minor errors were common in each country, but only 0.8% of infusions placed patients at serious risk of harm. Although the details of errors in both countries differed in detail, rates of error and harm were similar. A WebM&M commentary described a chemotherapy infusion error that caused renal failure.
Tetteh EK. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2019;15:827-840.
This commentary introduces the World Health Organization effort to improve medication safety: Medication Without Harm. The author focuses on how strategies and tools, including an intervention framework and guidelines to support safe medication use, can be used in low-resource countries to reduce avoidable harm by 50% in 5 years.
Cheema E, Alhomoud FK, Kinsara ASA-D, et al. PLoS One. 2018;13:e0193510.
Pharmacists often perform medication reconciliation at hospital admission and discharge to prevent medication errors. This meta-analysis examined the efficacy of pharmacist-led medication reconciliation across 18 trials that included more than 6000 patients. Researchers found that pharmacist-led interventions reduced medication discrepancies but did not significantly affect adverse medication events or health care utilization. However, a recent large trial of pharmacist-led medication reconciliation with positive results was excluded from this meta-analysis.
Mekonnen AB, McLachlan AJ, Brien J-AE, et al. J Pharm Policy Pract. 2018;11:2.
Researchers conducted eight focus groups to understand how to better engage Ethiopian hospital pharmacists in medication safety. Most expressed enthusiasm about having an active role in safety as long as concerns related to space, resources, and training were addressed. A recent PSNet perspective examined team-based approaches to improving safety during hospital discharge.
Frankenthal D, Israeli A, Caraco Y, et al. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017;65:e33-e38.
Inappropriate medication prescribing to older patients increases the risk of adverse drug events. This retrospective study assessed the sustainability of orally communicated medication recommendations based on the STOPP (Screening Tool of Older Persons potentially inappropriate Prescriptions) and START (Screening Tool to Alert Doctors to Right Treatment) criteria as compared to written medication review over time. The prevalence of potentially inappropriate prescriptions remained lower in the group receiving the orally communicated recommendations at 24-month follow-up. The authors conclude that direct communication about medications between pharmacists and prescribing providers may be more effective than written medication review.
L'Hommedieu T, DeCoske M, Lababidi RE, et al. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2015;72:1266-8.
Miscommunication during transitions of care can contribute to medication errors. This commentary describes an initiative to involve pharmacy students in care transitions services. Although the authors found that scheduling and training the students for the program was a challenge, 30-day readmission rates were lower for patients who received transitions of care services with pharmacy students versus those who did not.
Schnoor J, Rogalski C, Frontini R, et al. Patient Saf Surg. 2015;9:12.
Look-alike sound-alike medications can contribute to confusion and result in drug administration errors. This commentary illustrates how switching to a generic brand of medication to save costs was a factor in recurring underdosing errors. The authors provide recommendations to improve the safety of stocking medications.