Medication Safety and the Formulary Process: Working Together to Enhance Patient Safety

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Intended Audience

ACPE Universal Activity Number 

Amy Rosenberg, PharmD, BCPS
Carrie Lagasse, PharmD, BCPS

CE Hours
2 (Med Errors or General)


Dates Available
02/08/2016 to 02/08/19

Activity Type




Each license renewal year requires at a minimum, 2 hours of continuing education geared towards medication safety. Medication safety is an ever-changing landscape with new information published almost continuously. In order to be savvy, safety-oriented pharmacists, an understanding of basic medication safety concepts is required. This includes, but is not limited to, Root Cause Analysis, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, Medication Error Detection and Reporting, Preventative Measures, and overall Patient Safety.


  • Explain rationale for incorporating medication safety analysis into formulary management
  • Identify two resources to locate medication safety information
  • Recognize potential means of evaluating medication safety i.e. proactive (FMEA) vs. reactive (RCA) tactics
  • Describe contemporary medication safety concerns and recommendations to address these concerns
  • Outline the Root Cause Analysis Process


Course Completion Requirements

All coursework must be completed by the course expiration date. Must complete the final exam with a score of at least 70% and submit a course evaluation. 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.


Computer Requirements

Supported Browsers: Because it’s built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Canvas supports the most recent versions of Flash and popular web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 10 and 11
  • Chrome 42 and 43
  • Safari 7 and 8
  • Firefox 37 and 38 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 16 and 17 (for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser(supporting the latest system requirements)

Required Components: Flash is required in several places in Canvas: media recording/streaming and viewing as well as uploading files to a course or an assignment. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of Canvas. The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences.

Internet Connection: A broadband Internet connection is strongly recommended. Slower connections should still be able to access e-Learning, but will take longer to load. A wired Ethernet connection is more dependable for test-taking than a wireless connection. Special Note about Satellite service: Some users with satellite Internet service may find their online courses do not load quickly or consistently due to satellite network design issues.



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