A Look Behind the Scenes: Global Progress in Patient Safety and Prevention of Harmful Medication Errors


A lot has happened in the past 20 years to improve medication safety around the world. From adoption of various medication safety technologies and elimination of handwritten prescriptions, to improvements in pharmaceutical product labeling, packaging, and nomenclature, patients are safer today than ever before.

Join Michael Cohen, President of ISMP, as he looks back at the often unrecognized and understated progress that has been made in global medication safety and looks forward to the areas that still require improvement. Dr. Cohen will also discuss the ongoing efforts of hard-working providers, regulators, standards organizations, medical products industry, and healthcare organizations focused on improving medication and patient safety.

Learning Objectives:

Following completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify important factors that have led to improvement in medication safety during the past 20 years. 

  2. Describe healthcare technologies associated with evidence-based safety improvements.

  3. Assess ongoing areas of weakness that still require focused efforts to improve safety.


Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD (hon.), DPS (hon.), FASHP, President, ISMP



This activity is supported by Novartis. 

CE Accreditation

No continuing education credits are available for this activity.


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