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Increasing number of medications risks mix-up

Advertised precautions are always given with over the counter and prescription drugs, however, the increasing number of medications on the market is breeding a new threat with similar names of products confusing health professionals and patients alike. Names of drugs that resemble other drug names used to treat different ailments are causing medication errors that have deadly results. For example, a patient who had bipolar disorder was admitted to hospital where he was given the wrong medication, Librium, a sedative, instead of Lithium, a mood stabilizer. He died 4 days later after receiving an overdose of Librium, a mistake made by the pharmacist, who recognized his error and attempted to inform the man's nurse, but later forgot. The hospital claims that pneumonia took the patient's life and not the drug error. Pharmacists are being encouraged to become more aware of the issue and implement strategies to avoid further mistakes.

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About: Increasing number of medications risks mix-up

Date: 28 November 2005



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  • Cause of medication error
  • Cause of drug error
  • Cause of drug overdose
  • Cause of overdose
  • Cause of death
  • Death from overdose
  • Death from medication error
  • Death from drug error
  • Death from drug overdose
  • Death from pneumonia
  • Medication
  • Medication and pharmacy error
  • Medication and Librium
  • Medication and lithium
  • Medication and sedative
  • Medication and mood stabilizer
  • Medication and overdose
  • Medication and medication error
  • Medication and drug error
  • Medication and bipolar disorder
  • Medication and death
  • Medical error
  • Medical error and pharmacy error
  • Medical error and Librium
  • Medical error and lithium
  • Medical error and sedative
  • Medical error and mood stabilizer
  • Medical error and overdose
  • Medical error and medication
  • Medical error and drug error
  • Medical error and bipolar disorder
  • Medical error and death

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