scoop.co.nz 22 Mar, 2021 02:15 am

Pharmacist’s Error In Dispensing Methadone

Pharmacist’s Error In Dispensing Methadone
Health and Disability Commissioner Morag McDowell today released a report finding a pharmacist in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for dispensing the wrong dose of methadone to a consumer and failing ...

Health and Disability Commissioner Morag McDowell today released a report finding a pharmacist in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for dispensing the wrong dose of methadone to a consumer and failing to follow relevant professional guidelines.He had been prescribed a daily dose of methadone as part of his Opioid Substitution Treatment Programme.The man presented to the pharmacy and was waiting in line to receive his daily 11mg dose of methadone.As a result, the man was inadvertently given and consumed another patient’s methadone dose of 75mg - almost seven times his usual dose.

Health and Disability Commissioner Morag McDowell found that the pharmacist failed to identify that the wrong client was standing in front of him, and dispensed the man another client’s methadone dose.Accordingly, the pharmacist failed to adhere to the professional standards set by the Ministry of Health and the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand, as well as the pharmacy’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

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