Patient Safety: Identifying Adverse Drug Reactions- Pharmacist


  Credits  2

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An adverse drug reaction (ADR) is essentially a harmful effect that occurs with appropriate medication use at normal doses. Some ADRs are predictable based on a medication’s pharmacology (e.g., sedation from a narcotic). Others are unexpected or unpredictable (e.g., rhabdomyolysis linked to certain statins). This second type of ADR is the most concerning. After a new medication is marketed and used by a large number of patients, previously undetected ADRs are often identified. These may be serious enough to justify restrictions on the use of the medication or result in its withdrawal from the market. Awareness of a serious ADR may not occur until a medication has been on the market for years. Fueling this delay are under-reporting and incomplete reporting of ADRs by healthcare providers and consumers, and the limited ability of the FDA and pharmaceutical manufacturers to analyze large volumes of post-marketing surveillance data. As key reporters, pharmacists as well as consumers can be at the forefront of the patient safety movement. This issue serves as an introduction to the nature of ADRs, the importance of reporting them, and current methods used for their identification and analysis.


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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharm/Nurse Drug Therapy

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

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 0428-0000-11-111-H05-P
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.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • 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.