Clinical Professor Rachel Meyers, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, EMSOP, and her team have been awarded one of the Annual Cheers Awards by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) for the KIDs List Collaborative. The awards ceremony will be held virtually on December 7, 2021.

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  • KIDs List Collaborative
    Commissioned by the Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA)
    Authors: Rachel S. Meyers, PharmD; Jennifer Thackray, PharmD; Kelly L. Matson, PharmD; Christopher McPherson, PharmD; Lisa Lubsch, PharmD; Robert C. Hellinga, PharmD; and David S. Hoff, PharmD
    The KIDs List is being honored as the first available list of drugs that should be “avoided” or “used with caution” in pediatric patients. In 2017, PPA commissioned a team of pediatric pharmacists to compile a list of drugs potentially inappropriate for use in pediatric patients, similar to the Beers Criteria used for the elderly population. The goal was to improve the safe use of medications in pediatric patients and inspire future research on medication safety in children. After three years of literature review and gathering expert opinions, the KIDs List was published in the March 2020 issue of the Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics. The article is open access, making it free to use for the entire healthcare community. The KIDs List will be updated every five years, and the team intends to include other healthcare disciplines in the development and review of future versions.