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Designing Pilot Programs to Distribute Patient Medication Information

On February 23, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform convened the third meeting on the topic of improving patient medication information (PMI). While previous discussions focused on the content and format of the single-page PMI document, this meeting focused on the process of delivering PMI to patients, a process that currently is both inconsistent and unreliable. Several independent groups presented outlines for potential distribution pilots and experts commented on pilot design, implementation of pilots, and proposed strategies to evaluate distribution through pilots. These pilots will test distribution of PMI for real products to real patients.

Discussion specifically focused on:

  • What researchers have learned about how medication information is currently distributed, particularly within the current pharmacy work-flow
  • Types of medical products that would be suitable for pilots
  • How to create accompanying PMI prototypes
  • What the community can hope to learn from such pilots
  • Appropriate metrics for evaluating the distribution process


Welcome, Overview, and Meeting Objectives

Mark B. McClellan

Former Brookings Expert

Director, Margolis Center for Health Policy - Duke University

FDA Perspectives: Past and Future for PMI


Janet Woodcock

Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - US Food and Drug Administration


Rachel Behrman

Director, Office of Medical Policy, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

Session I: Goals and Objectives of PMI Distribution Pilots


Michael Wolf

Professor of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine - Northwestern University

Session II: Developing PMI for Use in Pilots

Session III: Potential Distribution Pilots


Russell Teagarden

Vice President, Clinical Practices & Therapeutics, Medco Health Solutions, Inc.

Moderated Discussion


Michael Murray

Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Improvement and Research, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.

Closing Remarks

Mark B. McClellan

Former Brookings Expert

Director, Margolis Center for Health Policy - Duke University

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