About ConsumerMedSafety.org

ConsumerMedSafety.org is provided to you by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). This unique website is designed to help you, the consumer, avoid mistakes when taking medicines. Preventing medication errors is a huge responsibility that doctors, pharmacists, and nurses take seriously. But you, too, can play a vital role in preventing dangerous errors, and ConsumerMedSafety.org is exactly what you need to protect yourself and your loved ones!

Our Mission is to advance patient safety worldwide by empowering you with the tools needed to prevent dangerous medication errors. Our broad range of evidence-based educational programs and tools provides you with on-going guidance from the most trusted and objective experts in medication safety. We collect and analyze thousands of reports on medication-related hazardous conditions, near-misses, errors, and other adverse drug events to provide the most up-to-date, data-driven information and unbiased guidance available.

Learn more about ConsumerMedSafety.org through our Frequently Asked Questions.

Our Team

We are dedicated to ensuring a future where patient health is never compromised by medication errors. As the premier medication safety organization, our team of healthcare professionals and experts brings an unmatched level of knowledge and expertise to every aspect of our evidence-based, life-saving work.

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Jennifer L. Gold MSN, RN
Medication Safety Analyst
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Ann D. Shastay MSN, RN, AOCN
Senior Manager, Publications
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Rita Jew PharmD, MBA, BCPPS, FASHP
President, ISMP
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Ways you can help

As an independent watchdog organization, we receive no advertising revenue and depend entirely on charitable donations, educational grants, memberships, and volunteer efforts. From creating a medication error reporting system that enables individuals and organizations to report errors in real-time to developing patient safety legislation with federal and state policymakers, we have made incredible strides thanks to the generosity of our donors and volunteers. With your help, we will be able to continue our work to keep patients safe and lead efforts to improve the medication use process.  

To support our work via a donation or learn more about sponsorships, please click the links below.

Our Partners

ECRI (formerly Emergency Care Research Institute). On January 1, 2021, ISMP and ECRI formally affiliated in order to bolster both organizations’ efforts to make medication, medical devices, and healthcare practices across care settings safer for patients, now and in the future. The effort created one of the largest patient safety entities in the world.
International Medication Safety Network. ISMP is a founding member of The International Medication Safety Network (IMSN), an international network of established safe medication practice centers, operating medication error reporting programs and producing guidance to minimize preventable harms from medicine use in practice. IMSN promotes safer medication practice to improve patient safety internationally.
National Patient Safety Collaborative
National Patient Safety Collaborative. This collaboration was organized by The Joint Commission to help prominent patient safety organizations join forces to collectively work on mutually identified safety concerns and increase the impact of their work. The Joint Commission hosted the inaugural meeting of the collaborative, whose other member organizations are ECRI, ISMP, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).
United States Food and Drug Administration. ISMP is a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) MedWatch Partner. ISMP reviews all FDA MedWatch reports which contain information about medication errors. As a MedWatch partner, ISMP also promotes FDA’s initiatives to reduce adverse drug reactions. ISMP meets regularly with FDA to discuss regulated product safety issues.
United States Pharmacopeia. ISMP Medication Errors Reporting Program (MERP) was formerly operated by the United States Pharmacopeia in cooperation with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). The program is now fully operated by ISMP, but safety issues continue to be shared with USP in order to improve medication safety through USP's expert committees and standards development.
National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention. ISMP's is a member of the National Coordinating Council on Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP). Membership on the council is held by major national professional and lay organizations as well as state and federal regulatory authorities and the USP.