Pharmacists May Be Unaware Of Discontinued Drugs, Study Finds

While your doctors may be aware of drugs that have been discontinued — and may take care to let you, the patient, know about them — a new study suggests this information isn’t always being passed along to the people dispensing the medicine: the pharmacists. Specifically, researchers found in their study that pharmacies refilled 1.5 percent of medications that had been discontinued. And in 12 percent of these cases, potential harm — in the form of risk of low blood pressure, allergic reactions, nausea and lightheadedness — was at stake for the patient. The findings are published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. “This is a novel patient safety issue that has not been measured previously,” study researcher Dr. Thomas Sequist, M.D., M.P.H., a doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associations, said in a statement. Read More…
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