Dr. Carla Meyer-Massetti

Research Associate

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Dr. Carla Meyer-Massetti, born in Lucerne (Switzerland), studied Pharmacy in Basel and graduated in 2001. Through various positions in hospital and public pharmacies as well as in the pharmaceutical industry, she obtained her specialization in hospital pharmacy (FPH) in 2006. Concurrently, she was teaching pharmacology at the school of nursing in Basel as well as clinical nutrition for pharmacy students and postgraduate pharmacists.

In 2011, she completed a joint PhD thesis in medication safety at the University of California San Francisco, Department of Clinical Pharmacy (Prof. B. Joseph Guglielmo) and the University of Basel, Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Epidemiology (Prof. Dr. Christoph Meier). She spent her last year working on the thesis while she already returned back to Switzerland; in 2010, she joined the Swiss Patient Safety Foundation as a medication safety specialist. From 2012 until 2016, she worked as a medication safety pharmacist at the Cantonal Hospital of Lucerne.

Since July 2016, she is responsible for a research project analyzing medication safety in the home care setting with a focus on transition of care. She supervises various Master theses in the Division of Clinical Pharmacy & Epidemiology at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and she teaches medication safety-related topics in various settings. To keep informed about medication safety developments in hospitals in Europe and abroad, she is an active member of the Swiss Society of Public Health Administration and Hospital Pharmacists (GSASA), of the European Society for Clinical Pharmacy (ESCP), and of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).


Huckels-Baumgart S, Gauch M, Manser T, Meier CR, Meyer-Massetti C. A combined intervention to reduce interruptions during medication preparation and double-checking: a pilot-study evaluating the impact of staff training and safety vests. Submitted for publication, June 2016.

Meyer-Massetti C, Krummenacher E, Hedinger-Grogg B, Luterbacher S, Hersberger K. [Medication safety in the home care setting: Development and piloting of a Critical Incident Reporting System], Pflege. Accepted for publication, May 2016.

Schwappach DL, Meyer Massetti C, Gehring K. Communication barriers in counselling foreign-language patients in public pharmacies: threats to patient safety? Int J Clin Pharm. 2012 Oct;34(5):765-72. doi: 10.1007/s11096-012-9674-7. Epub 2012 Jul 21.
Contribution: Contribution to the compilation of the electronic questionnaire, interpretation of the results and literature research, co-authoring manuscript.

Meyer-Massetti C; Kaiser E, hedinger-Grogg B, Luterbacher S, Hersberger K. [Medication safety in the home care setting: error-prone process steps] Pflege. 2012 Aug;25(4):261-9. doi: 10.1024/1012-5302/a000214. German

Meyer-Massetti C, Vaerini S, Rätz Bravo AE, Meier CR, Guglielmo BJ, Comparative safety of antipsychotics in the WHO pharmacovigilance database: the haloperidol case, Int J Clin Pharm. 2011 Oct;33(5):806-14. doi: 10.1007/s11096-011-9541-y. Epub 2011 Aug 2.

Meyer-Massetti C1, Cheng CM, Schwappach DL, Paulsen L, Ide B, Meier CR, Guglielmo BJ. Systematic review of medication safety assessment methods, Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2011 Feb 1;68(3):227-40. doi: 10.2146/ajhp100019.

Meyer-Massetti C1, Cheng CM, Sharpe BA, Meier CR, Guglielmo BJ. The FDA extended warning for intravenous haloperidol and torsades de pointes: how should institutions respond? J Hosp Med. 2010 Apr;5(4):E8-16. doi: 10.1002/jhm.691.

Meyer-Massetti C, Conen D. [Assessment, frequency, causes, and prevention of medication eerros - a critical analysis], Ther Umsch. 2012 Jun;69(6):347-52.doi: 10.1024/0040-5930/a00296. Review. German

Cheng CM, Meyer-Massetti C, Kayser SR. A review of three stand-alone topical thrombins for surgical hemostasis, Clin Ther. 2009 Jan;31(1):32-41. Doi: 10.1016/j.clinthera.2009.01.005.
Contribution: Data collection/literature research and analysis, co-authoring publication.

Swoboda S, Meyer-Massetti C. Hoppe-Tichy T. [Interaction between an antiifective agent and an immunosuppressant after liver transplantation], Med Monatsschr Pharm. 2006 May;29(5):197-82.
Contribution: Data collection and analysis, co-authoring publication.



Kussmann S. Meyer-Massetti C et al. [Hospital Pharmcists contributions to medication safety], Swiss Medical Journal, 38, 2015.

Wiedemeier P, Meyer-Massetti C, Jossen B. [The hospital pharmacy between error analysis, risk assessment and quality requirements], pharmaJournal 16, 08/2014.

Frank O, Meyer-Massetti C et al as part of an inter-professional author panel. Quick Alert – [Safety of the Wiegand 171 drug dispensing system in ambulatory care], 2013, email publication, Swiss Patient Safety Foundation.

Meyer-Massetti C, Locatelli E. [Medication safety in oncology], Onkologische Pharmazie, 2013, 15 (2): 18-22.

Meyer-Massetti C, Kaiser E, Hedinger-Grogg B, Luterbacher S, Hersberger K. [Medication Safety], Schauplatz Spitex, 1/13, 32-35.

Frank O, Meyer-Massetti Cet al. Quick Alert –[Metothrexate intoxication - how to avoid oral overdosing], 2012 email publication, Swiss Patient Safety Foundation.

Meyer-Massetti C, Locatelli E, Meier Ch. Indicator development for the assessment of pain management: a practical approach, EJHP 2012,19(3):336-39.

Frank O, Meyer-Massetti C et al. Quick Alert – [Transdermal Systems in the MRI], 2011 email publication, Swiss Patient Safety Foundation.

Meyer-Massetti C, Meier CR. Medication safety activities: The role of Swiss hospital pharmacists, EJHPP 2010, 16(6): 54 – 55.

Frank O, Meyer-Massetti C et al as part of an inter-professional expert panel. Quick Alert – [Dosage errors with infusion pumps], 2010 email publication.

Frank O, Meyer-Massetti C et al. Quick Alert – [Sound alike / Look alike medications – Beware of confusions with a focus on IV products], GSASA-Journal - The Journal of the Swiss Society of Hospital Pharmacy. 2010 Jul.

Frank O, Meyer-Massetti C et al. Quick Alert – [The dangers of electrolyte infusions], 2010 email publication.

Mepha, Meyer-Massetti C et al as part of an expert panel. “Step by Step” – [Preventive measures and cleaning procedures to avoid contamination in the handling of cytotoxic drugs], 2008 Mepha Publication Special Edition.