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Major Drug Mix-up Reported at New Jersey CVS

Filed March 6th, 2012 Laurie

A family got quite a frightening surprise earlier this winter when a CVS pharmancy in Chatham, NJ, accidentally mixed up their children’s fluoride tablets with the cancer drug tamoxifen. Dozens more people who filled their prescription at the Chatham CVS store location between December 20 and February 20 could be affected by the mistake.
Parents who are concerned they were given the wrong pills should make sure their tablets have the letters “SCI” stamped on one side and the numbers “1007” stamped on the other. The tamoxifen pills have the letter ‘M’ on one side and the numbers ‘274’ on the other.

Patients are also being encouraged to speak up if they notice their regular medications look different, and to ask the pharmacist to count the number of pills in their prescription. Many times, the prescription is filled according to a doctor’s directions, and if there is an error – such as only 14 pills in a bottle meant for 30 – it could be a sign that the pharmacist was working off the wrong set of directions.

CVS representatives issued this apology: “The health and safety of our customers is our highest priority and we are deeply sorry for the mistake that occurred at our Chatham, N.J. pharmacy. Beginning last week, we have contacted or have left messages for every family whose child was dispensed a 0.5 mg fluoride prescription from our Chatham location within the past 60 days.”

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