Dis­pens­ing er­ror death

Pharmacy Daily - - Front page -

PHAR­MA­CEU­TI­CAL De­fence Lim­ited (PDL) has high­lighted a re­cent coro­nial in­quest which found a phar­ma­cist’s dis­pens­ing er­ror was a con­tribut­ing fac­tor to the death of an el­derly con­sumer.

The pa­tient was wrongly dis­pensed ro­su­vas­tatin in­stead of the pre­scribed sim­vas­tatin 40mg tablets, with the er­ror dis­cov­ered in hos­pi­tal where the pa­tient died of rhab­domy­ol­y­sis.

A “crit­i­cal fail­ure in phar­macy prac­tice” was iden­ti­fied be­cause the con­sumer’s hus­band iden­ti­fied that the dis­pensed item ap­peared dif­fer­ent to nor­mal, but was re­as­sured about the dis­crep­ancy.

PDL said con­sumer con­cerns and queries should al­ways be taken se­ri­ously, with phar­macy man­agers ad­vised to in­struct staff to re­fer all ques­tions around med­i­ca­tion to the phar­ma­cist on duty.

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