Preventing Medication Errors for Pharmacists - 0513-0000-18-026-H05-P

Preventing Medication Errors for Pharmacists

by Esther Kim, PharmD
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This course is credentialed for:
Pharmacy (2.50 Contact Hr)


According to a seminal report published in 1999 by the Institute of Medicine, approximately 7,000 Americans die annually from medication errors. Medication errors occur for several reasons. For example, there may be a failure to communicate drug orders, the handwriting on the prescription may be illegible or the wrong selection chosen from a drop-down menu, confusion may occur between drugs with similar names or sounds, the packaging may appear similar between products, or there may be confusion about the dosing units or weight. Medication errors usually are not due to the faulty judgment of a single individual; instead, they often indicate a flawed system that has inadequate backup to detect mistakes.


The goal of this medication error continuing education program is to discuss various approaches to preventing medication errors for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the overall impact of medication errors in the U.S.
  • List the common causes of medication errors and recognize high-risk situations for medication errors
  • Discuss the advantages of root cause analysis and failure mode effect analysis for preventing medication errors
  • Explain how to prevent medication errors through system changes
  • Describe the pharmacist’s role in reducing medication errors
  • Identify common methods for reporting medication errors

Approval Information
This course is intended for pharmacists
Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider # 50-1489).
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Initial Release Date: 02/20/2018; Planned Expiration Date: 02/20/2021
Hours dedicated to pharmacology: 2.5 contact hours