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April 10, 2019: Newsletter - You Asked Us: Checking Medication Expiry Dates

Expiry dates on medicated products, including medications and natural health products, are important. While many medications still work for a short time after the expiry date has passed, for safety reasons, it is always best to replace expired products. Many medications will not work as well as a non-expired product. And some can break down into chemicals that are dangerous if swallowed. has the following suggestions for consumers to help check and manage the expiry dates of their medications. Read more ...

April 5, 2019: ISMP Canada CEO delivers successful Incident Analysis Workshop in New Brunswick

ISMP Canada President & CEO, Carolyn Hoffman, poses with Horizon Health Network workshop participants in Fredericton, New Brunswick. While in New Brunswick, Carolyn facilitated a two-day Incident Analysis Workshop for the Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management staff.

"I had the pleasure of working with Alice Damon, Chief Quality & Patient Safety Officer and Lauza Saulnier, Regional Director, Quality and Patient Safety Services to prepare and deliver the workshop to meet the specific needs of their organization," said Carolyn. "I'm impressed by their systematic approach to building a strong and expert team of staff who will effectively support incident reporting, learning and sharing in the Horizon Health Network. ISMP Canada is pleased to play a role in this journey!"

March 21, 2019: Medication Safety in Long-Term Care: Measuring Quality Improvement Over 12 Years

Recently, the Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System (otherwise known as the Long-term Care [LTC] Inquiry or Gillese Inquiry) conducted a detailed examination of patient safety, medication-related harm, and medication management systems in Ontario LTC homes. Through analysis and shared learning from the Canadian Medication Incident Reporting and Prevention System (CMIRPS), ISMP Canada has developed the Medication Safety Self-Assessment for Long Term Care (MSSA-LTC) program. This program is intended to help LTC homes identify opportunities for enhancing their medication management systems, as well as to guide quality improvement initiatives and evaluate progress over time. This bulletin highlights a 12-year review of results from the MSSA-LTC program.  Read more ...

February 25, 2019: Education Pilot: Mandatory ADR/MDI reporting (Vanessa's Law) – Your chance to participate in a Pilot

Education to support mandatory ADR/MDI reporting (Vanessa’s Law)
Your chance to participate in a Pilot

You’re invited to participate in a unique pilot project that will provide educational content to support implementation of The Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act, also known as Vanessa's Law.

Vanessa's Law was enacted to ensure rapid identification of drug and safety issues for Canadians and to improve the sharing of safety information with decision-makers. Vanessa's Law includes a provision for mandatory reporting by hospitals of serious adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and medical device incidents (MDIs), a requirement that will come into force later this year.

The goal of the Educational Approach Program is to provide core content about ADR/MDI reporting that can be used by healthcare professionals, patients/families, healthcare organizations, and education providers for individual learning. These educational materials are designed to be "building blocks" for you to integrate into orientation and other learning activities.  Read more ...
       Announcement (English version)
       Announcement (French version)
       Notice (from ISMP Canada Safety Bulletin – February 21, 2019)

December 18, 2018: Canada's National Incident Data Repository for Community Pharmacies

ISMP Canada established a national incident data repository for community pharmacies through its community pharmacy incident reporting program. Community pharmacies in several provinces are already contributing to this national repository for continuous quality improvement, and pharmacies in other provinces are considering participation in this effort as well. The repository is helping to create a more cohesive information-sharing system that will facilitate better understanding of medication incidents and the development of more robust strategies to prevent harm.  Read more ...


March 6, 2019: Newsletter -  Consumer "Good Catches" – Part 2: Know Where to Look

This is the second of a 2-part series describing how consumers can spot medication mistakes. Part 1 of this series covered the importance of knowing what to expect from a medication. This type of knowledge can help consumers to stay safe and can go a long way toward preventing mistakes and harm. Knowing where to look for this information is just as important and is the topic of the current newsletter.   Read more ...