Medication Safety and Quality Systems


Improved medication safety. Improved health care quality.

Join the only patient safety graduate program housed within a college of pharmacy. Learn how to reduce medication errors from the medication experts: pharmacists.

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What is Medication Safety and Quality Systems?

One in 20 patients will experience a preventable patient harm event, with medications accounting for the largest proportion of all harm.* Quality systems are designed to prevent medication errors, thereby improving patient safety and the overall quality of health care.

*Panagioti M, Khan K, Keers RN, et al. Prevalence, severity, and nature of preventable patient harm across medical care settings: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ. 2019;366:I4185. l4185

World Health Organization

Medication errors cost the US $42 billion annually.

Given the costs, it is no surprise that many health care payments are now directly tied to quality measures of safe and appropriate medication use. This shift to value-based payments has driven organizations to invest in medication safety specialists who can improve patient safety, while also helping the organization to meet quality measures.

International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

Pharmacists are leading the charge to improve medication safety.

From delivering COVID vaccines, to preventing opioid abuse, to increasing medication adherence, pharmacists are central to improving patient safety at the individual and the organizational level. According to the International Pharmaceutical Federation, the U.S. and many other nations see medication safety as a global emergency and recognize the key role of pharmacists in collaborative quality systems approach to improving medication safety.

Selected curriculum topics include:

  • Adverse events
  • Errors
  • Ethics
  • Quality & process improvement
  • Unintended consequences
  • Idiosyncratic risks
  • Over & under use

Learn medication safety from the medication experts.

Ours is the only patient safety graduate program in the world taught from within a college of pharmacy – the Top 5-ranked pharmacy college by US News & World Report. Our faculty are leading medication safety experts, including Deborah Saine, M.S., MPH, FASHP, Editor of the Medication Safety Officer’s Handbook and Donna Horn, R.Ph. and M.S., Pharmacy Ethics and Compliance Officer at Fresenius Medical Care and former Director at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.

Q&A with Donna Horn

Interview conducted in November 2019 with Dr. Patti Peeples of

Dr. Randy C. Hatton

Meet the track director

Dr. Randy Hatton

The Medication Safety and Quality Systems specialty track is led by Randy Hatton, Pharm.D., FCCP who has held numerous roles as a clinical professor and practicing pharmacist at UF Health for over 30 years. Dr. Hatton is formerly the editor-in-chief of APhA's DrugInfoLine and director of UF Health's Drug Information Center.