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Houston Medication Safety Symposium

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2018 Houston Medication Safety Symposium

A New Look at Reducing Prescription Burden and Misuse

8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2018

The Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center
7440 Cambridge St, Houston, TX 77054

Registration CLOSED

Free Continuing Education Credits 
(CPE, CME, CNE, RME, CDE)

Poster & Podium Presentation Awards

Abstracts eligible for publication in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy journal


Sponsored by the Phyllis Gough Huffington Endowed Lectureship and the
UTHealth Consortium on Aging

Hosted by UTHealth McGovern Medical School's Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine and the University of Houston College of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy

View 2017 Symposium Program (.pdf)

Medication-related morbidity and mortality is a significant health concern due to unsafe medication use practices, which includes the prescribing of inappropriate medications to patients’ misuse of prescribed medications.
As reducing medication errors and improving medication safety are national priorities, the Houston Medication Safety Symposium will discuss the latest advances in medication safety in the elderly and opioid prescribing and misuse to improve the quality of pharmaceutical care.



Plenary Session Speakers - More About Speakers

photos of speakers Mellar Davis, Jerry Gurwitz, Lynn McPherson and Paula Rochon

For any questions, please contact Dr. Rajender Aparasu at 832-842-8374.


Program Chairs
Rajender R. Aparasu, Ph.D., FAPhA, Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy, University of Houston
Holly M. Holmes, M.D., M.S., AGSF, Associate Professor and Director, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, UTHealth McGovern Medical School

Planning Committee
Jacques Baillargeon, Ph.D., University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Vaunette Fay, PhD, RNC, FNP, UTHealth Cizik School of Nursing
Marc Fleming, Ph.D., MPH, R.Ph., University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Michael L. Johnson, Ph.D., University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Jack Joseph, DDS, UTHealth School of Dentistry
Hemal Mehta, Ph.D., University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Ali-Reza Shah-Mohammadi, Pharm.D., M.S., FISMP, University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center