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Doing safety in a community pharmacy

Deborah and I have been on our travels again, this time to Manchester to attend the Prescribing and Research in Medicines Management (PRIMM) annual conference. The theme of this year’s meeting was ‘Medication without Harm – WHO is Responsible’. The conference centred on the WHO’s 3rd Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication without Harm, with the global goal of reducing severe, avoidable medication-related harm by 50% by 2022. The goal focuses on three key action areas: polypharmacy, high-risk situations and transitions of care.

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Organising polypharmacy: unpacking medicines, unpacking meanings

I recently presented some of our work from the APOLLO-MM project at the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada. I presented a Distinguished Paper in a plenary session, having won the Society of Academic Primary Care senior presenter’s prize at the SAPC annual conference in Exeter in the summer of 2019.

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