Barcode scans needed to curb dispensing errors

Two recent cases where patients were hospitalised after receiving incorrect medicines highlight the importance of barcode scanning and staff training, a medication safety expert believes.

In both cases, the patients received a benzodiazepine (clonezapam 2mg tablets) instead of the anti-inflammatory indomethacin (50mg – Arthrexin) for treating acute gout.

Both patients were diagnosed with having a stroke on the basis of symptoms such as slurred speech and unsteady gait. But when no such evidence emerged on MRIs, it was identified that both had suffered