Hospital Pharmacy Placed Patients at Risk

An investigation by Canada’s largest regulator of pharmacists found that a hospital in south-central Ontario was allowing an unregulated pharmacy assistant to work in its pharmacy without required supervision by a licensed pharmacist.  The work included entering doctor’s prescriptions into the computer prior to being sent to the nursing floor.

The investigation followed complaints that an elderly patient at the hospital had been subjected to repeated numerous adverse medication incidents.  the hospital had previously insisted that all care was “appropriate” and that no errors had occurred.  Read more.