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Medication Safety Tools


These three online resources funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and developed by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) can help community pharmacies and outpatient settings improve medication safety and protect patients from the adverse effects of medication errors.

The following tools are available:
  • High-Alert Medications Consumer Leaflets are patient education checklists developed during a study of the impact of community pharmacies that counseled consumers who picked up prescriptions for certain high-alert medications. 
  • High-Alert Medication Modeling and Error-Reduction Scorecards [HAMMERS™] is a free tool designed to help community pharmacies identify their unique set of system and behavioral risks associated with dispensing certain high-alert medications and estimate how often an error or adverse drug event reaches a patient.
  • Assessing Barcode Verification System Readiness in Community Pharmacies is a free tool that helps community pharmacies assess their readiness and prepare for future implementation of a barcode product verification system.
Free registration is required to access the tools.

Links to the Tool:
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Institute for Safe Medication Practices

Funding Sources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

QualityTool Topic



  • Review Date: 2013
  • Original Summary: 11/2013
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Last updated: January 29, 2014.