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ISMP National Medication Errors Reporting Program

We thank you for your willingness to report an error to the ISMP National Medication Errors Reporting Program. The report will be forwarded in confidence to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and, when applicable, to product vendors to inform them about pharmaceutical labeling, packaging, and nomenclature issues that may cause errors by their design. Your name, contact information, and location will NOT be included without your permission.

When reporting an error or hazardous condition:

  • Tell us the story of what went wrong or could go wrong, the causes or contributing factors, how the event or condition was discovered or intercepted, and the actual or potential outcome of the involved patient(s). 
  • Be sure to include the names, dosage forms, and dose/strength of all involved products. For product-specific concerns (e.g., labeling and packaging risks), please include the manufacturer.
  • Share your recommendations for error prevention.
  • If possible, submit associated materials (e.g., photographs of products, containers, labels, de-identified prescription orders) that help support the report being submitted.
  • Please do NOT submit any provider- or patient-identifiable information.

After you submit a report, ISMP staff will follow-up with you to ask additional questions to clarify what went wrong and to identify the causes and factors that contributed to the reported event.

You may prefer to report an adverse medication event to ISMP as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization (PSO). As a PSO, ISMP can provide federal legal protection of patient safety information (e.g., error reports, root cause analysis) prepared within your patient safety evaluation system for the purpose of reporting to a PSO. There is no cost associated with reporting an event to ISMP as a PSO. Click here to learn more and to report an event to ISMP as a PSO.

Otherwise, please complete the form below and click on the “Submit” button to report the event to the ISMP National Medication Errors Reporting Program.

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