Pharmacist to receive $500,000 MacArthur grant in reducing medication error

Washington, D.C. September 13, 2005 . . . . A pharmacist will receive a 2005 MacArthur Fellowship for work in reducing preventable drug and drug delivery mistakes. The grants, awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, will be announced publicly on Tuesday, September 20th. The name of the awardee will be available on a password protected website on Friday, September 16 (info below).

Studies estimate up to 98,000 people a year maybe dying from medical mistakes. The awardee has instituted a wide range of projects and services to educate the healthcare community about safe medication practices.

Awarded to talented individuals in a variety of fields who have shown exceptional originality in and dedication to their creative pursuits, MacArthur Fellows receive $500,000 grants that are bestowed with no conditions recipients may use the money as they see fit. Nominated anonymously by leaders in their respective fields and never notified of their candidacy, the recipients will learn of their selection only when they receive a call from the MacArthur Foundation to notify them of their selection.


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