Medication Safety Alerts

In addition to a full suite of medication safety newsletters for healthcare professionals and consumers, ISMP makes available urgent medication advisories. These Safety Alerts address serious medication errors or information requiring immediate attention by healthcare practitioners.

ISMP Alerts

ISMP collects and analyzes thousands of medication error and adverse event reports each year, including through its voluntary ISMP National Medication Errors Reporting Program (ISMP MERP), National Vaccine Errors Reporting Program (ISMP VERP), and consumer medication error reporting program (ISMP C-MERP). ISMP issues alerts through its many communication channels to share emerging information on errors happening across the nation, “lessons learned,” and prevention strategies with the entire healthcare community.

NAN Alerts

Beginning in 2009, ISMP joined the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and other members of the National Coordinating Council on Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP) to create a National Alert Network (NAN). The NAN warns healthcare providers through several national distribution channels about actual or potential medication errors that have recently caused serious harm or death. The alerts are based on information submitted to the ISMP MERP.

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In the November 29 and December 13, 2012 ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Newsletters we reported that the US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) recently updated its...
IMPORTANT SAFETY ADVISORY ISMP received a report about a nurse at a large health system who was stuck by a needle on a commercially-prepared LOVENOX (enoxaparin) prefilled syringe (sanofi-aventis). The manufacturer’s label that was placed around the barrel of the syringe (Figure 1) did not fully