Medication Error Information & Prevention

Learn about medication error statistics and what we are doing to prevent errors.

Reduce prescription errors and promote optimum pharmaceutical care

The Board of Registration in Pharmacy has put in place a new program for improving pharmacy policies and procedures. One of the initiatives is enacting proposed Best Practice Recommendation standards.

A Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Advisory Committee developed these 23 Best Practice Recommendations. This committee included Board members, representatives from institutional and retail pharmacy settings, professional associations, the colleges of pharmacy, the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, the Department of Public Health, and related regulatory agencies.

The best practices represent a unique, non-punitive approach in responding to medication errors. It aims to prevent errors from occurring rather than respond to an error after it has been reported.

Massachusetts became the first pharmacy board in the country to commit resources to such an initiative. The Board will continue working with the Advisory Committee to educate and assist pharmacies.

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Medication error study

Medication error studies have been conducted for more than 30 years. A comprehensive study of medication errors should:

  • Measure the medication error rates in given places.
  • Compare accuracy rates associated with different drug distribution systems.
  • Identify the factors associated with medication errors.
  • Test the effectiveness of error prevention techniques.

To learn more about our medication error study, visit our archived webpage on our old website.

See our 2005 report on medication errors

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