Reporting Medication Errors

Why Report a Medication Error?

Although most medication incidents don’t cause harm, some have caused serious harm and even death. Often, mistakes with medication are caused by underlying problems in the system. For example, just as confusing road signs can cause accidents on the road, problems such as look-alike labels, confusing equipment, and poor handwriting can lead to mistakes in healthcare.

When incidents are reported and reviewed, problems that could increase the chance of an error happening can often be found and corrected. This is a much better way to prevent errors than punishing the person who made the mistake. Blaming the person who made the mistake without getting to the root of the problem will not prevent the same mistake from being made by someone else. By reviewing incident reports and suggesting safer ways to prescribe, package, dispense or give medication, we can help prevent harmful errors.

You may use the online form to submit a medication incident report to ISMP. More information about reporting medication incidents can be found below. By clicking on "REPORT AN ERROR" you will enter a secure site. A new tab will open to a reporting form on

Learn More About Medication Error Reporting

What Should Be Reported

Learn what type of medication errors you should report.

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Who Should Report an Error?

Learn who should report a medication error.

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What Do We Do With Your Report

Learn what we do with your medication error reports

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How We Maintain Your Privacy

Learn how we maintain your privacy when you submit an error report

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If you can't report your incident using our internet reporting form, you may report an incident by telephone by calling ISMP at 215-947-7797.