Medication errors in community pharmacies: the need for commitment, transparency, and research.
Approach to Improving Safety
- Provider-Patient Communication
- Patient Education
- Research Directions
- Transparency and Accountability
Setting of Care
Medication errors are common in inpatient and ambulatory environments. This commentary summarizes the research exploring the current status of medication safety incident reporting and reduction efforts in community pharmacies. The authors call for community pharmacy corporations to encourage the discussion and data sharing needed to increase transparency around incidents in this care setting. A recent PSNet interview discussed challenges to safety in the retail pharmacy environment.