Friday, May 27, 2011

A Drug By Any Other Name

While I write this blog for myself and other pharmacists, I realize that many non-pharmacists read it too. So, I like to include posts to help the public understand why things happen behind the counter, to help them understand how medication errors may happen, or how to help prevent medication errors themselves.

One of the questions that I've heard from upset patients before is, "how the hell did the pharmacist mix up two drugs that are completely different, and don't even sound the same"? As I've described previously, piss-poor handwriting can easily lead to dispensing errors.

From Susan Proulx, PharmD at Med-ERRS, here's how easily it can happen -

Lipitor or Zyrtec? How a doctor's bad handwriting can change your prescription from Marketplace on Vimeo.

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