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Inaugural Medication Safety Collaborative Set for June 2-5 in Minneapolis

Interprofessional Quality, Patient Safety Programming for Health-System Based Clinicians and Administrators


Several patient safety organizations have partnered to create a unique educational and networking opportunity for members of the patient safety team, the Medication Safety Collaborative. The inaugural Collaborative will be held June 2-5 in Minneapolis and is supported by AHFS Drug Information, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the American Society of Medication Safety Officers (ASMSO), the ASHP Research and Education Foundation, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), and, the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP).

The Collaborative will offer four days of interactive education that will equip attendees to immediately implement what is learned into their practices. Medication safety experts James Broselow, M.D., Michael Cohen, M.S., Sc.D., DPS, Frank Federico, R.Ph., and Donna Isgett, RN, MSN are among the expert faculty for the conference.

The theme of the inaugural conference, “Out of the Box,” focuses on innovative practices and solutions to optimize safety and quality outcomes. Featured sessions include:

  • Prescription Drug Harm and Death: An Epidemic. What is Being Done?
  • Practical Applications of MedWatch Updates
  • Building Our Patient-Centered Safety & Quality Processes: Focus on Disclosure
  • Best Practices in Medication Safety: Difficult Drugs and At-Risk Patients
  • Building the Foundation for Informatics Data Driven Medication Safety

“Numerous studies point to the improved outcomes that result from team based care, so it is essential that all members of the health care team have the tools they need to ensure that patients in our nations hospitals receive safe and effective care,” said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., FASHP. “We are pleased to provide a forum that allows the key players on the patient care team to share best practices and actionable solutions that can have an immediate impact in their practices.”

The Collaborative is approved for more than 19 hours of CME or Nursing CE and more than 21 hours of CPE for pharmacists. The Collaborative will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center concurrently with ASHP’s Summer Meeting and Exhibition. All Summer Meeting educational programming, vendor exhibits, events and networking opportunities will be open to Collaborative registrants.

For more information on the Collaborative, see

About the Collaborators

AHFS Drug Information is the premier drug information database, providing an evidence-based foundation for safe and effective drug therapy. We are committed to alerting our subscriber to the latest critical therapeutic developments.

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) is the national professional organization whose 40,000 members include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students who provide patient care services in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory clinics. For 70 years, the Society has been on the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's website,, or its consumer website,

The American Society of Medication Safety Officers (ASMSO) is a society devoted to Medication Safety Officers and leaders in medication management. ASMSO was founded in 2005 by Medication Safety Officers with the goal to provide an open forum of information sharing and collaboration. The mission of ASMSO is to advance and encourage excellence in safe medication use by providing communication, leadership, direction, and education among its members.

The ASHP Research and Education Foundation was established in 1968 by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists ( as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. As the philanthropic arm of ASHP, our vision is that patient outcomes improve because of the leadership and clinical skills of pharmacists, as vital members of the health care team, accountable for safe and effective medication use. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of patients in health systems through appropriate, safe and effective medication use.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), is the nation’s only 501c (3) nonprofit organization devoted entirely to medication error prevention and safe medication use. ISMP represents over 35 years of experience in helping healthcare practitioners keep patients safe, and continues to lead efforts to improve the medication use process.

The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) provides a forum wherein our diverse membership can develop business solutions, including ANSI-accredited standards, and guidance for promoting information exchanges related to medications, supplies, and services within the healthcare system.


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