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Monday, 13 June 2011 19:55

Discussion about Medication Safety

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Michael R. Cohen on The Power Hour with Joyce Riley – June 10, 2011

Monday, 23 May 2011 18:11

Medication Learning Guides

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Educating Consumers About High-Alert Medications Dispensed From Community Pharmacies

Just a handful of drugs are considered high-alert medicines. These medicines have been proven to be safe and effective when taken properly. But they can cause injury or death if a mistake happens while taking them. This means that it is vitally important for you to know about this medicine and take it exactly as intended.

During a study on medication safety in community pharmacies, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) identified which medications should be included on this list of high-alert medications. For some of these medications, the Institute created safety pamphlets for consumers. By clicking on the medications listed below, you can access these pamphlets, which can help keep you safe while taking these medications.

The full list of high-alert medications dispensed from community pharmacies can be found below. Please be sure to talk to your pharmacist when picking up these high-alert medications. As resources become available for these medications, we will add them to our website. 

Types of Medicine Examples Combination of products

Antiretroviral Agents
(used to treat HIV)

abacavir Combivir
  atazanavir Atripla
  deaviridine Epzicom
  lamivudine Kaletra

Chemotherapy, oral
(used to treat cancer)

busulfan mercaptopurine
  chlorambucil methotrexate
  cyclophosphamide  procarbazine
  lomustine  temozolomide
 Oral Medicine for diabetes Chlorpopamide glyburide
   flipizide  repaglinide
Anti-rejection medicine
(used after transplants)
azathioprine pimecrolimus
   cyclosporine  sirolimus
   daclizumab  tacrolimus
Insulin NPH/Regular glargine
  aspart glulisine
  detemir lispro
Powerful pain relievers
butorphanol methadone
  fentanyl morphine
  hydromorphone opium tincture
  meperidine oxycodone
Drugs that cause birth defects when taken during pregnancy atorvastatin isotretinoin
  bosentan simvastatin
  estazolam temazepam
Pediatric liquid medications that require measurement carbamazepine  
  chloral hydrate liquid
(given to children before a procedure to make them sleepy)
  midazolam liquid
(given to children before a procedure to make them sleepy)
(including Lovenox and Fragmin)
(used to treat arthritis)
Thursday, 24 February 2011 19:51

Safe Medicine® Newsletter

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ISMP's Safe Medicine is unique among consumer health education newsletters because it focuses on the prevention of medication errors. Every other month (six times a year), Safe Medicine teaches consumers how to become active partners with their healthcare practitioners and take a leading role in preventing medication errors. View a sample pdf newsletter.


ISMP's Safe Medicine consumer newsletter is designed specifically for:

  • Patients and caregivers
  • Ambulatory healthcare facilities
  • Business coalitions
  • Community healthcare centers
  • Disease management services
  • Employers
  • Health insurance companies
  • Individual subscriptions
  • Managed care organizations
  • Pharmacies
  • Physicians and group practices
  • Purchasing groups


Newsletter benefits

  • Produced every other month in a bright, lively layout and design
  • Easy-to-read articles presented in just two pages
  • Affordably priced
  • Available in a convenient electronic format, or purchase the content for your website or use in company newsletters
  • Provides practical advice from the most trusted source of information about preventing mistakes with medicines - ISMP
  • Adds value to existing health education programs by supplying much-needed information about a critical issue in healthcare - medication errors
  • Helps prevent needless tragedies related to medication errors
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 21:21

Everwell Videos

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Monday, 07 February 2011 17:14

RSS Feeds and Syndication

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Subscribe to's RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds to get the latest Drug Alerts, Safe Medicine Articles, and Medication Safety News delivered straight to your computer. To subscribe to our feeds, simply select the icon for your RSS reader or homepage, or copy and paste the appropriate URL directly into your RSS aggregator.

RSS  ISMP Drug Alerts
The information you'll find in our Alerts section comes from the experts at The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) — in partnership with iGuard — or through other highly respected, non-biased, safety-minded organizations. Sources include the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), drug manufacturers, the American Pharmaceutical Association, and the National Library of Medicine, to name a few. And if it doesn't come from ISMP, we'll always let you know.

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RSS  ISMP Safety Articles
Whenever we receive an error report, we analyze the error's root causes and contributing factors. Then we use this data to determine what steps could have been taken to prevent it. Ultimately, our staff and reviewers develop written recommendations to help you protect yourself from errors and become a more informed and empowered consumer.

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Monday, 07 February 2011 16:30

Helpful Resources

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The following links are medication safety tips and education provided by numerous organizations dedicated to patient safety:

Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP):


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ):


The Joint Comission:
Help Avoid Mistakes With Your Medicines (click here for the Spanish edition)
Kid's Arent Just Small Adults (click here for the Spanish edition)
Speak Up: Take Medication Safely (Video) (click here for the Spanish edition)


The Food And Drug Administration (FDA):


Get Personalized Alerts Based on Your Medications

ISMP and have partnered with to provide you with free, customized safety alerts for the medications you take. We highly recommend that you stay up to date with drug safety topics that affect you and your loved ones!

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is a healthcare service that helps monitor the safety of your medications (including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, nutritional supplements and herbal extracts).

This helps you stay safer by:
  1. Routinely checking the safety of your medications, screening for drug-drug and drug-disease interactions.
  2. Alerting you and your doctor (optional) as important safety information arises for your medications.
  3. Providing an easily accessible summary of your medications and conditions that you can share with your healthcare team.
  4. Helping you learn and share treatment satisfaction and side effect information within our patient community.
  5. Complete this form to receive safety information on the medications you take, including drug safety ratings, drug interactions, side effects and patient reviews. You can also keep track of your medications and print a record to use as needed when visiting your doctor.

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