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Medication safety

Medication incident reports are those which actually caused harm or had the potential to cause harm involving an error in the process of prescribing, dispensing, preparing, administering, monitoring or providing medicines advice.


Over 90 per cent of incidents reported to the NRLS are associated with no harm or low harm.


The most frequently reported types of medication incidents involve:

  • wrong dose

  • omitted or delayed medicines

  • wrong medicine


Incident reports concerning side effects of medicines and defective products should be sent to the Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).



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