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Famolaro T, Yount ND, Hare R, et al. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; April 2019. AHRQ Publication No. 19-0033.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality conducts safety culture surveys in a wide variety of clinical settings and makes the results publicly available on a regular basis. This report contains responses to the Community Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture from 331 participating pharmacies, most of which were chain drugstores or pharmacies within integrated health systems. The areas of strength were similar to the 2015 report, with most community pharmacies scoring well for patient counseling and openness of communication regarding unsafe situations. Inadequate staffing and production pressures were the commonly identified barriers to safety. A PSNet perspective explored safety issues in the community pharmacy setting in detail.
Journal Article > Commentary
Hong K, Hong YD, Cooke CE. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2019;15:823-826.
Medication errors are common in inpatient and ambulatory environments. This commentary summarizes the research exploring the current status of medication safety incident reporting and reduction efforts in community pharmacies. The authors call for community pharmacy corporations to encourage the discussion and data sharing needed to increase transparency around incidents in this care setting. A recent PSNet interview discussed challenges to safety in the retail pharmacy environment.
Journal Article > Commentary
Gale R. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018;37:1726-1729.
This commentary summarizes opportunities for community pharmacists to engage in efforts to monitor opioid prescribing, reduce hospital readmissions due to nonadherence, and provide counseling to enhance medication safety. The author explores how changes in policy and reimbursement can facilitate these patient safety roles for pharmacists in the ambulatory environment.
Tools/Toolkit > Fact Sheet/FAQs
Horsham, PA: Institute for Safe Medication Practices; 2018.
This set of leaflets provides patients with information about taking high-alert medications safely.
Getting the wrong person's medicine at the pharmacy: easy steps consumers can take to help eliminate these errors.
ISMP Safe Medicine. July/August 2015;13:1-3.
Dispensing errors in the community setting are a frequent source of concern. This newsletter article describes how correctly completed medication orders can inadvertently be given to the wrong patient in the community pharmacy setting and reviews steps patients can take to avoid receiving the incorrect medication.
Haiken M. Caring.com. August 17, 2009.
To help consumers use medications safely, this article describes 10 common medication mistakes and provides tips on how effective communication and clarification can prevent them.
Journal Article > Study
Webb J, Davis TC, Bernadella P, et al. Patient Educ Couns. 2008;72:443-449.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. February 28, 2008;13:1-2.
This article contextualizes a recent news series on medication errors in community pharmacies, identifies important causes of errors not described in the series, and offers a broader perspective on the factors involved in pharmacy errors.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ: Drug Topics; 2007.
This podcast features a panel discussion on prescription drug errors with pharmacy experts, including Michael Cohen.
The Medication Errors Panel. Sacramento, CA: California State Senate; March 2007.
This report shares findings from an expert panel convened to study the causes of medication error in the outpatient setting and provide recommendations for reducing errors associated with prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Chase M. Wall Street Journal. August 16, 2005:D1.
This article reports that in other countries, some medications have the same brand name as U.S. medications but contain completely different ingredients, often for treatment of different conditions. To avoid mix-ups, the article cautions against purchasing prescription medications abroad.
Journal Article > Study
Metlay JP, Cohen A, Polsky D, Kimmel SE, Koppel R, Hennessy S. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005;53:976-982.
This study describes the medication-taking practices of older adults taking high-risk medications, including warfarin, digoxin, and phenytoin. Using participants of a state-sponsored prescription drug coverage program for elderly patients, investigators conducted telephone surveys to identify potential areas for intervention in reducing adverse events. Based on responses from nearly 5000 participants, one-third reported receiving a lack of instructions about their medications, almost half received such instructions from a pharmacist, and half reported using a pill box to coordinate their medication use. The authors suggest that improved educational efforts and increased use of dispensing organizers may provide an opportunity for reducing adverse events.