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Medication Safety Update: Preventing Errors and Adverse Drug Reactions - Florida Board Approved

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The “Oath of a Pharmacist” that is recited at pharmacy school graduations emphasizes the importance of medication safety in the profession. The passage says, “I will apply my knowledge, experience, and skills to the best of my ability to assure optimal outcomes for my patients.” Despite these efforts, preventable adverse events related to medications do occur, and all health care professionals can play an integral role in reducing them. Health care professionals need a broad understanding of the issues surrounding medication errors and adverse drug events (ADEs) in order to improve patient safety. Medication errors can occur at any step from prescribing to dispensing a medication, as well as during administration by a patient or caregiver. An ADE occurs when a patient experiences harm from a medication. Medication errors that reach patients and cause any amount of harm are termed preventable ADEs.

In 2018, 59 new drugs were approved – the greatest number of approvals in over 20 years. Staying abreast of medication information is a daunting task; however, it is an essential part of preventing medication-related problems. An interdisciplinary approach involving physicians, pharmacists, nurses, patients, and other care providers is key to promoting medication safety in the outpatient setting.


Aug 22, 2022


Pharmacy CPE


Monograph, Online



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Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh is a medical writer in South Florida who specializes in drug information, medication safety, vaccines, and legal and regulatory issues. She completed a Drug Information residency and is also certified as a Consultant Pharmacist.

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The Rx Consultant Medication Safety, Pharmacology CE, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, Medication

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