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Comprehensive Pharmacy Services launches Medication Reconciliation solution.

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2016
CONTACT: Rod Recor; 901-462-9082

Comprehensive Pharmacy Services launches Medication Reconciliation solution
Medication Reconciliation program reduces errors and readmissions for JFK Medical Center
and other pilot hospitals

Memphis, TN – Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS), the leading provider of pharmacy
services for hospitals and health systems, has launched a new proven Medication Reconciliation
Program that helps hospitals reduce adverse drug events (ADEs) and patient medication issues
that lead to hospital readmissions and higher costs. The program has been proven to help with
transitions of care across the continuum of care from hospital admission through to discharge and

It is an issue that hospital pharmacy leaders are grappling with across the U.S. The Network for
Excellence in Healthcare estimates that inpatient medication errors cost $16.4 billion dollars
annually. [1] According to the Institute of Medicine’s Preventing Medication Errors report, more
than 40% of medication errors are believed to be the result of inadequate medication
reconciliation at admission and discharge. [2]

"Patient safety is a top priority across the continuum of care," said Marvin Finnefrock, PharmD,
Division President, Clinical and Purchasing. "Studies show that patients after being discharged
from the hospital often are confused and don’t know how to take their prescriptions properly.
They may take the wrong dosage or medication that is not in their care plan. CPS’ Medication
Reconciliation Program has now been proven as an effective strategy for preventing adverse
drug events and improving patient outcomes because now the patient is taking medications

After several successful hospital pilot projects, CPS’s Medication Reconciliation Program has
proved both clinically and financially viable. One of the pilot centers was the JFK Medical
Center in Edison, New Jersey. The pilot program focused on creating the most accurate list of all
medications that a patient was taking — including drug name, dosage, frequency, and route —
and compared that list against the physician’s admission, transfer, and/or discharge orders. The
goal was to provide correct medications to the patient at all transition points within the hospital
from beginning to discharge and beyond when the patient was at home.

"In addition to tracking patient medications at admission and discharge, patients received
medication counseling by a pharmacist prior to discharge," explains Jeff Lackman, RPh,
Division President, Telepharmacy. "The majority of patients in the study were contacted by a
pharmacist at home after discharge to ensure that they were taking their medications properly
and that they were not having any adverse drug events. Our pilot programs have demonstrated
that implementing medication reconciliation at all transitions of care is an effective strategy in
reducing adverse drug events and readmissions."

CPS Medication Reconciliation Program improves identification of medication errors and postcharge therapy failures before they can become ADEs. For more information regarding CPS’s
Medication Reconciliation Program visit

About Comprehensive Pharmacy Services

Founded 45 years ago and employing over 2,000 pharmacy professionals, CPS is the nation’s
oldest and largest provider of pharmacy support services to more than 600 hospitals and
healthcare facilities pharmacies. CPS helps hospital pharmacists tackle complex problems such
as medication reconciliation, hyper-inflated drug costs, standardization, centralized distribution,
retail pharmacies, compliance, 340B programs and much more, leading to increased quality,
reduced admissions and lower costs. For more information, visit

[1] "The Economics of Health Care Quality and Medical Errors," Journal of Health Care Finance, Vol. 39, No. 1, (Fall 2012).
[2] Institute of Medicine. Preventing medication errors. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; (2006).


Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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