Medication Safety: Preventing Medication Errors in Older Adults

This activity is for pharmacy technicians and is sponsored by Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC (PHE).

There has been no commercial support for this activity.


Marsha K. Millonig, MBA, BPharm
President & CEO
Catalyst Enterprises, LLC
Eagan, Minnesota


Marsha K. Millonig, MBA, BPharm, has no relevant affiliation or financial relationship or relationship to products or devices with a commercial interest related to the content of this activity to disclose.

The reviewer, Darrell Huliszhas no relevant affiliation or financial relationship or relationship to products or devices with a commercial interest related to the content of this activity to disclose.

Susanne Batesko-Kwas, MSHF, BSN, RN, Mary Camillo, and the planners, managers, and other individuals, not previously disclosed, who are in a position to control the content of Postgraduate Healthcare Education (PHE) continuing education (CE) activities hereby state that they have no relevant conflicts of interest and no financial relationships or relationships to products or devices during the past 12 months to disclose in relation to this activity. PHE is committed to providing participants with a quality learning experience and to improve clinical outcomes without promoting the financial interests of a proprietary business.


acpePostgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
UAN: 0430-0000-24-011-H05-T
Credits: 2.0 hours (0.20 ceu)

Type of Activity: Knowledge
Media: Internet

Fee Information: $4.95
Estimated time to complete activity: 120 minutes


January 19, 2024


January 19, 2027


This accredited activity has been designed for pharmacy technicians.


During the period January 19, 2024, through January 19, 2027, participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 2) study the educational activity; and 3) complete the post-test and the evaluation form. To answer the questions, click on your selected choice for each answer then proceed to the next question. Once completed, click on Grade Exam at the bottom of the page. Your post-test will automatically be graded. If you successfully complete the post-test (score of 70% or higher), your statement of participation will be made available immediately. Click on the View Statement of Participation link and print the statement for your records. If you receive a score lower than 70%, you will receive a message notifying you that you did not pass the post-test. You will have 2 opportunities to pass the post-test. To receive Credit, you must provide your date of birth and NABP number. All Credit information will be uploaded into CPE monitor within 30 days.


To provide pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with practical approaches for improving medication safety through medication error prevention. Guidance will be provided for those in community and health-system settings. Additionally, attention to special populations including pediatric and geriatric patients will be given.


Upon completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • DESCRIBE the rate of occurrence of medication errors among older adults and the related health care and societal burden.
  • LIST one factor that puts older adults at risk for experiencing an adverse drug event.
  • DEFINE polypharmacy and medication overload.
  • DESCRIBE what the AGS Beers Criteria are.
  • NAME at least 3 actions that can be taken during the medication use process to help reduce potential problems for older adults.


Please ensure the computer system you plan to use meets the following minimum requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows 98 or higher & Macintosh 2.2 or higher
  • Internet Browser (Mac & Windows): Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Safari 5.0.6 or higher, Firefox 3.0.3 or higher, & Opera 5 or higher
  • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible
  • Peripherals: Computer speakers or headphones
  • Monitor Screen Resolution: 320 x 480 or higher
  • Media Viewing Requirements: Adobe Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, Flash Player & HTML5

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use and Disclaimer

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC. Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients' conditions, and possible contraindications on dangers in use, (review of any applicable manufacturer's product information) and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

The author, sponsor, and publisher of this continuing education activity have made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all information contained herein is accurate in accordance with the latest available scientific knowledge at the time of acceptance for publication. However, because information regarding drugs (their administration, dosages, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, special warnings, precautions, etc.) is subject to constant change, the reader is advised to check the manufacturer's package insert for information concerning recommended dosages and potential problems and cautions prior to dispensing or administering the drug. Special precautions should be taken when a drug is new, or highly toxic, or is unfamiliar to the dispenser or administrant. This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Neither the publisher nor sponsor promotes the use of any agent outside of approved labeling. Statements made in this activity have not been evaluated by the FDA. Nutritional products discussed are not intended for the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of any disease.

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Medication Safety: Preventing Medication Errors in Older Adults
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