Award for Excellence in Medication Safety

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The Award for Excellence in Medication Safety is a nationally acclaimed awards program that recognizes a pharmacist-led inter-professional team for its significant system-wide improvements relating to medication use with demonstrated patient and organizational outcomes. 

Created in 2004, as a collaboration between the ASHP Foundation and Cardinal Health Foundation, the program recognizes one recipient and up to two finalists. 

Award monies are given to sustain and advance impactful safety and quality initiatives. The recipient receives a monetary award of $30,000 and finalist(s) each receive $10,000. As a recipient or finalist your organization will have many opportunities for recognition and dissemination of their award winning strategies. 

NEW Resource

View our Medication Safety Best Practices Educational  Series where award recipient and finalists share best practices. Continuing education credits for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are available.
Learn about the rich history of the program by watching this 3-minute video.

Excellence Awards Videos
To see video presentations of each recipient and finalist, click here.

Patient Safety Awareness Week and Poison Prevention Week
Each year, the ASHP Foundation holds a radio media tour to raise awareness of patient safety. Representatives from the organizations who have received the Award for Excellence in Medication Safety make themselves available to talk with radio shows across the country about medication safety topics.

The 2018 Medication Safety Radio Media Tour took place on March 13, 2018, with live interviews airing that day. Most of the interviews aired during National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 10-18, 2019. Listen to the 2019 radio news release.

Listen to this year's and past interviews!

Awards Recipients
• 2018 Awards Recipients
• 2017 Awards Recipients
• 2016 Awards Recipients

2015 Awards Recipients
2014 Awards Recipients
2013 Awards Recipients
2012 Awards Recipients
2011 Awards Recipients
2010 Awards Recipients
2009 Awards Recipients
2008 Awards Recipients 
2007 Awards Recipients 
2006 Awards Recipients 
2005 Awards Recipients 
2004 Awards Recipients

2015 Selection Panel
Selection Panel Members

View the 2016 Awards Video