Patient Safety and Medication Errors

About the Course:
The purpose of this course is to raise pharmacist awareness about the breadth, depth and potential consequences related to medication errors, and to review useful strategies to help avoid causing such errors.

Learning Objectives
After completing this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Describe the significance of the Institute of Medicine’s 1999 and 2006 report on medication errors.
  • Define and distinguish between the following terms: safe medication, drug safety, quality issues, medication errors, and adverse drug events.
  • List each of the governing bodies involved in medication safety (FDA, AHRQ, IOM, USP, NCC, ISMP, JCAHO).
  • Identify the types of medication errors made by pharmacists.
  • Discuss additional reasons that pharmacists may cause a medication error, as defined by the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Identify the ways a patient may be responsible for initiating a medication error.
  • Discuss the format for reporting a medication error.
  • Identify ways to promote medication safety for patients.
  • Identify the six medication “rights” to improve patient safety.
  • Discuss recommendations to improve patient safety during the distribution phase of drug administration.
  • Identify the consumer’s role in improving medication safety.
About the Author:
Bradley Gillespie, Pharm.D. is a clinical pharmacist who has practiced in an industrial setting for over 20 years. He served as a clinical and a biopharmaceutics reviewer at the Food & Drug Administration, as well as led early development programs within the pharma/biotech/nutritional industries. He has a special interest in supporting drug development efforts for rare and neglected diseases. In addition to his industrial focus, he operates a medical writing business with a focus on developing interesting and thought-provoking pharmacist and pharmacy technician continuing education programs. He remains a registered pharmacist. 

How to receive credit:
  • A minimum test score of 75 percent is needed to obtain a credit.
Activity Type - Knowledge-based

Target Audience - Pharmacists, Pharmacists Technicians


  • Contact hours will be awarded through the expiration date.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and have your record of completion submitted through CPE Monitor and to the NABP.
  • Through our review process, Elite ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.


Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. (Provider #0607).