Medication Safety Officers Society

The mission of the Medication Safety Officers Society (MSOS) is to advance and encourage excellence in safe medication use by providing communication, leadership, direction, and education among its members.


MSOS members requested to review ISMP sterile compounding guidelines

MSOS is seeking the assistance of current members to participate in a committee tasked with providing input and helping with the review and possible revision of the ISMP Guidelines for the Safe Preparation of Sterile Compounds. The recent Jan 2015 OIG report on Medicare Oversight of Compounded Pharmaceuticals in Hospitals, specifically cites these ISMP guidelines to assist in the training of accreditation and state surveyors for Medicare/Medicaid hospital surveys.  Therefore, it is important to our members that these guidelines be as current as possible. If you are interested in participating in this effort, please send an email to by no later than February 15, 2015

Comment on draft IV Push Best Practices

A draft set of best practices to facilitate safe administration of IV push medications has been posted on for public review, and we need your input. Deadline for public comment is February 20, 2015. The best practices were generated from a national summit held by ISMP in the fall of 2014 and sponsored by BD. Participants identified risks involved with IV push medications and developed recommendations to simplify and standardize preparation and administration. The final document will be made available for download from ISMP’s website. To view and comment, visit:

Welcome new Advisory Board members:

We wish to welcome our new Advisory Board members for MSOS:

  • Kelly Besco, PharmD.  Medication Safety Coordinator, OhioHealth Pharmacy Services, Columbus OH
  • Sean O’Neil, PharmD; Medication Safety Officer, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
  • Joanne Peterson, RN; Medication Safety Specialist, Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Elizabeth Rebo, PharmD. Medication Safety Officer, WellStar Health System, Marietta GA

They join existing members E. Robert Feroli, PharmD; Christian Hartman, PharmD; and Jaculin DeYoung, PharmD. We wish to thank leaving members Barbara Olson RN and Gary Ostrowski, PharmD for their long years of service to the Board.


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