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Fleet Enema label misleads – it’s not just “saline”

Friday, June 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
In 2006 the FDA warned consumers about kidney failure seen in some users of oral sodium phosphates (OSP) like Fleet’s Phospho-soda. FDA’s review of adverse event data did not show kidney problems when these over-the-counter oral products were used at lower doses for laxative use. But they... Read more

Patient friendly service or danger up ahead?

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 6:00 AM
Doctors sometimes provide patients with drug samples to get them started on a needed medication in a timely manner. Hospital emergency departments (EDs) have also sent patients home with starter doses or unit dose packages from the hospital pharmacy. This allows the patient to start taking the medicine... Read more

Avoid look-alike medication mistakes

Friday, June 14, 2013, 6:00 AM
We often receive reports from people who took the wrong medicine or the wrong dose because of mix-ups with products that looked similar. Sometimes people rely on the appearance of tablets, capsules, or packages to identify their medicines, instead of reading the labels carefully. Look at these eye... Read more

OTC drugs that are quite different might share the same name

Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 6:05 AM
You may find it hard to believe, but FDA has no say in how many over-the-counter drugs are named. That’s a great help to companies who want to market their drugs but it’s a problem for those of us concerned about drug safety. OTC users sometimes fall victim to a potentially dangerous situation... Read more

How to prevent yourself from getting the wrong prescription

Thursday, May 16, 2013, 9:35 AM
Occasionally, things go wrong when prescriptions are being prepared at the pharmacy. For example, one person's medicine may be placed into a bag that is labeled with someone else's name. Or a label prepared for a prescription may be mistakenly placed on a bottle containing another person's medicine... Read more

Diluted chemotherapy reaches 1,200 patients in error

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 12:10 PM
Nearly 1,200 patients in Canada received lower doses of their cancer drugs as a result of poor communication between a compounding pharmacy supplier and several hospitals that utilized the service. The drugs were cyclophosphamide and gemcitabine, used as part of a regimen for breast and lung cancer... Read more

Knowing reason for each Rx helps prevent errors

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 6:00 AM
It’s not uncommon for us to hear from consumers who’ve been given the wrong medication at their pharmacy. Sometimes patients can be given incorrect information about a drug they’re taking.  Last week we heard from someone whose father was on multiple medications for blood pressure... Read more

Pharmacies with in-store clinics shouldn’t control which drugs are prescribed

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 9:33 AM
When you think of Walgreens or CVS you probably have a drugstore in mind. But more and more, as people seek easier and less costly access to pressing health care needs than a hospital emergency department, people are visiting chain pharmacy locations for their in-store medical clinics. This is only... Read more

People taking their pet’s medicine?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 5:55 AM
Most people consider their pets as part of the family. But just like you wouldn’t want to take another family member’s medicines by mistake, you don’t want to accidentally take your pet’s medicine either. Who would ever make that mistake? You’d be surprised how often... Read more

Kids can confuse nicotine lozenges as candy mints

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7:00 AM
In Chicago last month 16 elementary school children were taken to local hospitals with a sudden illness. The children were 9- and 10-year olds who began vomiting after eating “mints” given to them by a classmate. It was later found that these “mints” were actually nicotine replacement... Read more
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Portions of this blog may also be found in the Inquirer's Sunday Health Section.

Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. President, Pharmaceutical Business Research Associates
Hooman Noorchashm, M.D., Ph.D. Cardiothoracic surgeon in the Philadelphia area
Amy J. Reed, M.D., Ph.D. Anesthesiologist and Surgical Intensivist in the Philadelphia Area
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