John M. Kessler

John M. Kessler

BS Pharm, PharmD

Chief Medication Safety Officer
Alliance for Patient Medication Safety

John has been the Chief Medication Safety Officer for APMS since its formation in 2008.  His work with APMS includes special projects, education and training projects, and consulting with community pharmacies to improve the safety of patients receiving care. He graduated from West Virginia University and from Duquesne University and completed a Fellowship in Post-marketing Surveillance at the Medicines Safety Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa. He has practiced pharmacy for more than 40 years, accumulating experience in direct patient care, pharmacy operations, pharmacy management, public health, and clinical research. He is also the Chief Clinical Officer of SecondStory Health, LLC, a boutique medication safety firm he founded in 2003.  He has served on national and state committees that advance pharmacy practice and medication safety.  His professional work has been recognized by his peers with awards including the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP) President’s Award, the NCAP Innovative Practice Award, the NCAP Don Blanton Outstanding Achievement Award, and the ASHP Executive Vice President’s Award for Courageous Service.

Insight Sessions

Patient Medication Safety

Increased professional opportunities and responsibilities can add to increased pressure that pharmacy feels from the ongoing pandemic. Managing multiple Covid vaccine and dosing schedules, compliance with new immunization registration requirements, and Covid testing, all increase the risk of harm. Join a discussion on how to strengthen your immunization workflow with safe practice recommendations and safety pearls drawn from reported error and near miss data.

January 24, 2022 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM Ponce de Leon Ballroom 3