Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Some docs and pharmacists can't tell one pill from another

…OK, the docs HA can understand, but some pharmacists can’t identify pills?


…A prof at Rush Medical College told Amanda Gardener of HealthDay that a third of the time, these guys could not ID three common pills.

…In the study, which appeared in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 100 docs and pharmacists were asked to ID Zocor, lorazepam, and naproxen. They were allowed to go on the Internet and look in their Physicians Desk Ref.

…Overall, they hit it 63% of the time. The brand name one (Zocor) was nailed 78% of the time, the generic prescription (lorazepam) 64% of the time, and the non-prescription painkiller (naproxen) only 48% of the time.

…36% of the docs got all three, and 48% of the pharmacists. (Meaning half the pharmacists didn’t do so well.)

…Patients often show up EDs and doctors’ offices with their pills in a pillbox or hankie and don’t know what they are.

…This may also account for the half a million calls to poison centers each year—where the caller may say, “I don’t know, they’re pink.”

…If they weren’t for a universal coding system before, these professionals are now.

…This reminds HA of a Sixties Guy she knew. If you had a pill and asked him what it was, he would grab it out of your hand, fire it down, and say, ”I’ll let you know."


Jackjoshua said...

I was wondering how my neighbour could save a fortune on her credit cards. Now I too have the secret.

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