News tagged medication-errors

Hospira Initiates Recall of Vancomycin Hydrochloride Due to Uncontrolled Storage During Transit

Topics: Compounding

Hospira, Inc, of Lake Forest, IL, has announced a voluntary global recall of one lot of Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Injection, USP, Equivalent to 1 g Vancomycin (Sterile Powder).

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Legal Briefs: Last Board Standing

Topics: Pharmacies

The issue of “standing” is an important legal principle that provides persons or entities (collectively referred to as “person”) with an avenue to the judiciary to have a dispute resolved.

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FDA Provides New Resources on Importance of Safe Storage and Disposal of Fentanyl Patches

Topics: Medication errors

As part of its efforts to prevent accidental exposure to fentanyl patches, FDA is providing new resources about safe storage and safe disposal of the patches.

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ISMP to Launch Safety Alert Newsletter Providing Medication Error Prevention Information Tailored to LTCFs

Topics: Medication errors

With Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Medication Safety Alert! publications making a significant impact on preventing medication errors, the organization will soon be providing a new resource tailored to long-term care facilities.

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Progress Made in Implementing Recommendations Intended to Prevent Acetaminophen Overdose

Topics: Patient safety and Medication errors

Compelling progress has been made by stakeholders seeking to address the public health issue of acetaminophen overdose, indicates a white paper published by the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP).

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Providers Should Ensure Only Diluted Forms of Acetic Acid are Used, ISMP Warns

Topics: Patient safety and Medication errors

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has issued a National Alert Network (NAN) notice (PDF) advising that health care organizations should take immediate steps to ensure that only diluted acetic acid solutions are used in patient care.

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Study Examines EHR-Related Patient Safety Events, Including Medication Errors

Topics: Medication errors and Electronic health records

In a new study analyzing electronic health record (EHR)-related patient safety events, the majority of events involved medication errors.

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ISMP Calls for Cheers Awards Nominees

Topics: Medication errors

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is calling for nominees for the ISMP Cheers Awards. The Cheers Awards honor individuals, organizations, companies, and agencies that have set a superlative standard of excellence in the prevention of medication errors during...

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Poison Prevention Week Council Encourages Safe Medication Use

Topics: Education, Prescription label, Medication errors, and Drug poisoning

As part of the 50th National Poison Prevention Week, the Poison Prevention Week Council encourages consumers to use medications safely, and the campaign includes the following tips for consumers:   Follow the directions on the label when you give or...

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National Poison Prevention Week Marks 50-Year Anniversary of Educating Americans About Poison Prevention

Topics: Education, Patient safety, Medication errors, and Drug poisoning

The 50-year anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week will be observed March 18 through March 24, 2012, to create national awareness about the risk of injury or death due to poisoning, including information on avoiding medication mistakes, overdose, or accidental...

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Oregon News: Recent Cases Show Trend

Topics: Medication errors

Published in the August 2009 Oregon State Board of Pharmacy Newsletter Cases numbered 09-0049 and 09-0219, presented during the Board’s June 2009 meeting, demonstrate a recurring, but easily preventable, dispensing error. A patient who arrived at the drivethrough window was...

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Oregon News: Adult Prescription Dispensed to Four Year Old

Topics: Medication errors and Drug utilization review

Published in the February 2009 Oregon State Board of Pharmacy Newsletter A recent complaint that resulted in a case being presented to the Board illustrates a common break down in the most basic principles of pharmacy practice. Case No. 08-0400...

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Oregon News: Labeling Errors

Topics: Prescription label and Medication errors

Published in the November 2008 Oregon State Board of Pharmacy Newsletter An interesting and completely preventable medication labeling error has been reported to the Board. The correct medication label had been applied directly to the container, which was then inserted...

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New Jersey News: Storage and Dispensing of High-Alert Medications

Topics: Prescriptions and Medication errors

Reprinted from the October 2008 New Jersey Board of Pharmacy Newsletter. The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP) defines a medication error as “any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use...

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Oregon News: Message from the President - Patient Safety

Topics: Patient safety and Medication errors

Published in the August 2008 Oregon State Board of Pharmacy Newsletter High-profile cases over the past few years, as well as heightened media exposure, now has the general public questioning the integrity of our medication distribution system. We realize that...

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Oregon News: Do You Know Why You Are Taking This Medication

Topics: Medication errors and Patient counseling

Published in the May 2008 Oregon State Board of Pharmacy Newsletter The most common consumer complaints received by the Board are complaints about medication errors. In many cases, the error could have been prevented with appropriate and effective patient counseling...

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Oklahoma News: From the Inspectors

Published in the January 2008 Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy Newsletter Mid-Level Practitioner Update: Physician assistants (PA) may now prescribe for up to a 30-day supply of Schedule III to V if they have a mid-level Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)...

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Nevada News: Prescription Errors

Topics: Prescriptions and Medication errors

Reprinted from the July 2007 Nevada State Board of Pharmacy Newsletter. Due to a recent inquiry by a national news division, we were asked to tally serious patient injuries and/or deaths reported to the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy that...

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South Dakota News: Medication Mix-ups

Topics: Medication errors

Published in the July 2006 South Dakota State Board of Pharmacy Newsletter Your assistance is requested in helping to avoid dispensing errors. The following products – Topamax®, Tegretol®-XR, Tegretol, and Toprol-XL® – have been involved in medication mix-ups: Toprol-XL (metoprolol...

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2004-2005 Report of the Task Force to Develop Recommendations to Best Reduce Medication Errors in Community Pharmacy Practice

Topics: Committee and task force reports and Medication errors

The Task Force to Develop Recommendations to Best Reduce Medication Errors in Community Pharmacy Practice met on December 10, 2004. Task Force members reviewed their charge and, proposing no changes, accepted it as follows: To examine information related to medication...

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Drug Product Formulation Changes (Resolution No. 97-05-01)

Topics: Resolutions and Medication errors

Resolution No. 97-05-01 Title: Drug Product Formulation Changes Action: Passed Whereas, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the manufacture of drugs and the boards of pharmacy regulate the practice of pharmacy; and Whereas, the boards of pharmacy are dedicated to...

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