Medication Safety Update: Preventing Errors and Adverse Drug Reactions – Nurse Practitioner




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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, advanced practice nurses, patients, and other care providers is key to promoting medication safety in the outpatient setting. Despite codes of practice and efforts to exercise care, preventable adverse events related to medications still occur. All health care professionals can play an integral role in reducing medication errors. By having a broad understanding of the issues surrounding errors and adverse drug events (ADEs), patient safety can be improved. 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...


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Course Information

Target Audience

Nurse Practitioner

Jennifer Gershman
PharmD, CPh
Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the terms “adverse drug event (ADE)” and “medication error.” List contributing factors to ADEs in community settings and outline strategies to prevent ADEs and medication errors in pharmacies and in the home.
  • Identify instances and patient populations where medication errors and adverse drug events are more common. Provide examples where deprescribing and transition of care interventions have improved patient safety.
  • Describe current national medication safety initiatives and discuss the importance of pharmacovigilance in addressing adverse drug events.

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Nurse Practitioner : 0798-0000-21-204-H05
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

Credit for this program is issued by passing the final test hosted at with a score of 70% or higher.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.