Tagged: medication safety

Frear solves medication problems at the systems level

With a pharmacist dad and a degree in biochemistry, Meghan Frear was certain that pharmacy school was a perfect fit for her. However, she says, “When I first entered UCSF, I could not have articulated for you that I wanted to be a systems-level pharmacist.” “In undergrad I took an economics of health care course, which sounds so nerdy,” Frear recalls. “But that's what really got me excited—there are these big problems and there are ways that we can solve them [despite] limited resources, and I can do this with pharmacy.”

Brodowy named director of UCSF Medication Outcomes Center

Bret Brodowy, PharmD, a leader in hospital pharmacy practice and management, has been named the new director of the Medication Outcomes Center in the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy. The appointment was effective August 12, 2013.

Kirby Lee, PharmD, MAS

Associate Professor

I provide clinical services consulting for patients and providers on medication-related issues that arise at home and during transitions in care for the Complex Care Support Team and Discharge Call-Back Program at UCSF Medical Center. My research focuses on the use of patient-centered health information technology to improve medication safety and health outcomes through evidence-based health care. I teach geriatric pharmacotherapy and I am developing practical and applied teaching methods for simulating real world clinical practice to advance students’ problem solving skills and interprofessional teamwork for pharmacy, medical, nursing, dental, and physical therapy students in the classroom and clinic.

UCSF Robotic Pharmacy ranked “Best of What’s New” 2011 by Popular Science

The robotic pharmacy at the UCSF Medical Center is the recipient of a 2011 Best of What’s New designation by Popular Science. Each year since 1987, the publication reviews thousands of innovations and chooses the top 100 winners that represent significant steps forward.

Robotic pharmacy featured on CNN

The robotic pharmacy at UCSF Medical Center was featured on Cable News Network (CNN) on April 22, 2010, in the report 21st Century Pharmacy.

Robotic pharmacy aims to free the pharmacist, improve medication safety

Automated robots in a new, high-tech pharmacy now prepare medications for UCSF hospital patients with the aim of improving medication safety while freeing UCSF hospital pharmacists and nurses to spend more time caring directly for patients.

Tech-Check-Tech Becomes Law

A new California law, effective January 5, 2007, is designed to give pharmacists more time to work directly with patients to ensure greater medication safety by allowing specially trained technicians to assume time-consuming tasks of filling and checking prescriptions. Research led by the UCSF School of Pharmacy and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was important to the passing of the law.

Medication Safety Could Improve with Changes to Pharmacy Education

Small changes in pharmacy school curricula could ultimately lead to safer health care environments for patients. These changes were proposed by Brian Alldredge, PharmD, professor of clinical pharmacy, and Mary-Anne Koda Kimble, PharmD, dean, UCSF School of Pharmacy.