Preventing Medication Errors: A Guide for the Pharmacist

This course is approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy for 2.0 general recertification hours.

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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: 0012-0000-23-008-H05-P
  • Contact Hours: 2.0 hours of ACPE continuing education for pharmacists
  • Program Fees:
    • Regular Registration: $25.00
    • UF Preceptor/Career Coach: $20.00
    • UF COP Faculty: $0.00 (Free!)
  • UAN Release Date: 02/20/2023
  • UAN Expiration Date: 02/20/2026
  • Activity Type: Knowledge
  • Program Support: No outside financial support was provided.
  • Format Type: This course is self-paced, fully online.
  • Time to Complete: All coursework must be completed within 24 weeks from the date of registration or before date of UAN expiration, 02/20/2026, whichever comes first. This course will no longer be eligible for CE credit after 02/20/2026.


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.

Program Objectives

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.

Program Overview

Program Material: Preventing Medication Errors monograph (pdf) (provided digitally within course)

Requirements for Successful Course Completion

In order to earn credit for this course, participants must read the Preventing Medication Errors monograph and pass a final assessment with a score of 70% or higher. Two chances to pass the assessment will be given. If a passing score is not earned by the second attempt, the participant must re-enroll in the course. Upon successful completion of all coursework, participants must complete a course evaluation form.

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Disclosure Statement

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

Maria Tanzi, Pharm.D.
Associate Director
Medical Science Liaison Oncology
Incyte Corporation

Maria Tanzi, Pharm.D. 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, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Associate Professor
College of Pharmacy, University of Florida

Additional Resources

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The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.