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Reporting a Medication or Vaccine Error or Hazard to ISMP

Thank you for your willingness to report a medication or vaccine error or hazard to ISMP.

If you are a CONSUMER, please click on the orange button below if you are ready to report an error or hazard.

Medication Error Reporting Program

If you are a HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER, you can report the error or hazard to ISMP using one of two secure methods:

1) Report to the ISMP National Medication Errors Reporting Program (MERP) or the ISMP National Vaccine Errors Reporting Program (VERP)

These are confidential, voluntary reporting programs operated by ISMP to learn about the causes of medication and vaccine errors. 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. The report will also 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 submitted to FDA or product vendors without your permission, and identifiable information will NOT be disclosed outside of ISMP.

Click on the appropriate button below if you are ready to report an error or hazard to the ISMP MERP or ISMP VERP.   

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Click here  to learn more about ISMP reporting programs.

2) Report an adverse event to ISMP as a Patient Safety Organization (PSO)

You may prefer to report an adverse medication or vaccine event to ISMP as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization (PSO). As a PSO, federal legal protection can be provided for certain patient safety information prepared within your patient safety evaluation system and submitted to ISMP. The protected information, called patient safety work product, includes information you provide about why the error happened or why the hazard exists, along with any further analysis of the event provided back to you by ISMP. The basic facts, whether written or observed, regarding what happened along with the patient’s medical/health records, are NOT considered patient safety work product and cannot be provided with federal protection in the event of a lawsuit. However, contextually identifiable information will NOT be disclosed outside ISMP unless we are legally compelled to do so.

Click on the appropriate button below if you are ready to report an event to ISMP as a PSO.

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