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Read medication labels

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, June 26, 2014

MINISTER for Health Doctor Neil Sharma has called on patients to read labels on medications properly before taking them.

Responding to an incident that was earlier highlighted by this newspaper regarding a high blood pressure patient who was given wrong medication, Dr Sharma said the patient had simply taken the wrong medication.

Dr Sharma said the problem was common with patients who usually sent family members or friends to take their medicines from the dispensary.

"In Ram Raji's case, she was given two medications which she took home with another medication that was meant for another patient who was supposed to pick her medication from the counter after her," he said.

"Now, any patient would have seen that the third medication had a different name on it and recognised that it was totally new.

"The medication was meant for another person and officials had to look for Mrs Raji but did not know of her whereabouts because she had taken the wrong medication."

Dr Sharma advised patients not to take medications they found strange and to read prescriptions on medications properly.

"It was not our fault but now we have to tighten up operations at the dispensaries. Now we will have a strategy where everybody is going to have a referral number to avoid these types of problems.

"It delays the dispensary time but this has to be done to ensure that these type of blunders are not repeated."

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