Anticoagulants, Diabetes Agents and Opioids…Oh My!

An increasing number of the Medicare population are taking prescription medications and seeing multiple providers, which makes medication safety essential to improving care coordination and the health of patients and Medicare beneficiaries.

Qsource is improving medication safety and coordination of care by preventing adverse drug events (ADEs), increasing patient engagement and reducing harm.

We focus on the most common causes of ADEs across healthcare settings: anticoagulants, diabetic agents and opioids.

  • Anticoagulants have been consistently identified as the most common causes of ADEs across healthcare settings.
  • Diabetic agents are common causes of hypoglycemic events across inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings.
  • Prescription opioid–related deaths are one of the nation’s leading preventable public health problems.

ADEs from these medications result in death, disability, significant expenses and admissions/readmissions.

Working together we can change our systems and these results, leading to safe medication use for all patients.

Join us in improving the quality of care for patients by preventing ADEs. Get started by downloading the Medication Safety Workgroup Starter Pack. Learn more here.

Amanda Ryan, PharmD, CGP

Amanda Ryan is a pharmacist with more than 10 years of experience in community and long-term care settings. She is a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist and has additional certifications in diabetes care and immunization delivery. Her specific practice experiences include engaging with patients to reduce adverse drug events, assisting with care transitions between hospital and long-term care, and providing clinical pharmacy services to long-term care facilities. As part of the Qsource, her goal as Clinical Pharmacy Specialist is to improve healthcare quality for patients by optimizing medication use.