Preventing Medication Errors: A Guide for the Pharmacist

Program Details

  • Intended Audience: Pharmacists in all practice settings (this CPE is required by the Florida Board of Pharmacy for pharmacist license renewal).
  • Universal Activity Number: 0012-0000-18-078-H04-P
  • Contact Hours: 2.0
  • Program Fees: $25.00
  • Dates Available: 11/30/2018 to 11/30/2021
  • Activity Type: Knowledge


Medication errors and preventable adverse events remain a leading cause of death in the United States. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are key members of the healthcare team who should understand the risks of medication errors and strategies to prevent them.

This course is approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy to fulfill the medication errors licensure renewal requirements outlined in Rule 64B16-26.103.


At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • List potential causes of medication errors that can occur.
  • Describe strategies to help prevent medication errors and improve patient safety in different practice settings and in special populations.
  • Identify factors that may contribute to the development of a medication error in a patient case.
  • Summarize the role of root cause analysis and failure mode effects analysis in improving patient safety.
  • Identify procedures for medication error reporting.

Disclosure Statement

The following speakers, reviewers, and planning committee members have disclosed that he/she has no relevant financial disclosures. No one else in a position to control content has any financial relationships to disclose.

Maria Tanzi, PharmD
Associate Director
Medical Science Liaison Oncology
Incyte Corporation

Maria Tanzi, PharmD is an employee of Incyte Corporation. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and in no way represent the views of Incyte.

Priti Patel, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Associate Professor
College of Pharmacy, University of Florida

Schedule of Activities and Requirements for Successful Course Completion

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Credit Reporting

  • The University of Florida College of Pharmacy will report CPE credit to CPE Monitor and CE Broker when applicable. If you would like a paper statement of credit, you may print it from your NABP e-profile.
  • All pharmacists and pharmacy technicians maintain their own license and/or certification and it is their responsibility to follow up with the Office of Continuing Education at the University of Florida if any CE credit discrepancies are found.
  • It is at the University’s discretion to award or deny credit to a late claiming participant (i.e. after 60 days of the participant engaging in a CPE activity) as it is the University’s CE activity and the provider needs to ensure the requirements necessary for credit are successfully completed.
  • The University may request access to CPE Monitor® if the activity in question occurred within the previous 6 months and with an appropriate reason for access, i.e. power outage, etc.

Program Financial Support

This course received no financial program support.

Computer Requirements

Computer and Internet access are required to complete this course. Course content is provided via Canvas.

The minimum hardware, software, and Internet requirements for Canvas can be found here.


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