UIC College of Pharmacy to Develop Programs to Improve Patient Safety

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy has received a $4.25 million federal grant to develop programs for safer medication use.

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy has received a $4.25 million federal grant to develop programs for safer medication use, including tools for detecting drug risks, training physicians, preventing medication errors and making drug information easier to understand.

“Patients are not as safe as they should be,” said Bruce Lambert, professor of pharmacy administration and director of UIC’s Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTS), which will manage the program. “Medication errors and inappropriate use of medicines, by health professionals and patients, cause a great deal of harm.”

The UIC center will develop, test, and distribute tools and training materials in four areas: statistical methods for large-scale studies of comparative drug safety and effectiveness; opioid prescribing and dosing for acute pain; methods for preventing and detecting drug name confusion errors; and plain-language drug information.

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