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How to Avoid Medication Errors with Pen Injectors

FDA’s Division of Drug Information in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) is excited to present our FDA Drug Topic series of educational webinars targeting the needs of all health care professionals, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and certified public health professionals. Interact with FDA staff from a variety of divisions and learn more about the FDA and drug regulation!

On Tuesday, May 23, 2023, CDER's Office of Communication, Division of Drug Information (DDI) hosted a webinar titled: FDA Drug Topics: How to Avoid Medication Errors with Pen Injectors. There has been an increasing number of ready-to-use or ready-to-administer injectable medications reaching the market as auto-injectors, pen injectors, or otherwise requiring syringe/needle use at home. This webinar provided participants with important safety information to help patients and caregivers avoid medication errors with these products, whether intended for use institutionally or at home. The presenters shared information derived from a review of medication error reports submitted by practitioners and patients to the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices National Medication Errors Reporting Program (ISMP MERP). These reports, as well as other observations by the presenters will help identify safety issues and prevention measures that health care professionals should consider for incorporation into their patient safety education programs, including when prescribing or dispensing these products for patients at home.

Instructions for Learners to complete home study activities, complete evaluation, and print certificate:

  1. Navigate to https://ceportal.fda.gov/
  2. If you have an account, please login
  3. If you do not have an account, click on “Create an account!”
  4. Once you’re logged in, please complete your profile if you haven't done so already 
  5. Navigate to the “Web-based Courses” tab
  6. Select the activity you want to complete
  7. Click on the “Enroll” button. As you complete all the steps listed in the box, a green checkmark will appear
  8. Begin the activity by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page
  9. After viewing the presentation, click on “Complete Post-test”
  10. After successful completion of the Post-test, click on “Complete Evaluation”
  11. After completion of the evaluation, you may view/print your statement of credit and/or certificate of completion

Requirements for receiving CE credits:

Review the activity, complete the post-test and evaluation. Upon completion, learners may view or print their statement of credit.

For those of you who are pharmacists or pharmacy technicians: The FDA CE Team will report your credit to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy—otherwise known as “NABP”—provided you add your NABP ID and date of birth to your profile in the FDA CE Portal. The only official Statement of Credit is the one you pull from CPE Monitor.  If you do not see your credit reflected on the CPE Monitor after 45 days after completion of the activity, please contact FDACETeam@fda.hhs.gov. The CPE Monitor sets a strict 60-day limit on uploading credits.

Initial release date: June 22, 2023
Expiration date: June 22, 2026


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