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Medication Safety, Management and Adherence

National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention:  Identifies common, preventable and measurable ADEs that may result in significant patient harm and aligns the efforts of Federal health agencies. Identifies Anticoagulants, Diabetes Agents and Opioids as priority targets to improve medication safety.

Prescription Disposal Locations (Georgia)


Improving Health Literacy at the Pharmacy:  This site provides pharmacists with recently released health literacy tools and other resources from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).



Generic vs Brand Medications: Better Adherence, Lower Cost, Same EfficacyThe American College of Physicians Clinical Guidelines Committee conducted a literature review to answer 5 questions about the benefits of using generic medications vs brand medications.

Updated 2015 Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults:  Most recent update from the American Geriatrics Society.  Also, see the accompanying how-to guide to use and the first-ever list of alternative medications with a focus on those identified by NCQA and PQA quality measures.

Off-Label Drug Use without Strong Scientific Evidence Increases ADE rates:  More evidence that including medication indications in prescription orders increases patient safety.

Medication Management in Care Transitions Best Practices:  Consensus recommendations from the American Pharmacy Association and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 2013


Project RED (Re-engineered Discharge): How to conduct a Post-Discharge Follow-up Call: Access free care coordination resources from AHRQ’s Project RED including guidance to conduct and act upon follow-up calls with patients in the days after discharge from acute care.


NCC-MERP Adverse Drug Event Algorithm Tool:  National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention guide to identifying preventable vs non-preventable adverse drug events.


CMS Adverse Drug Events Trigger Tool for Nursing Homes:  State surveyor guidance document to detect medication-related harm in long-term care facilities.  Includes adverse events related to anticoagulants, diabetes agents and opioids. 


Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP):  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.  View medication safety resources, training, tools and recommendations. 

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