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Pharmacy Mistakes Making Colorado Residents Sick

Filed May 23rd, 2008 amy

When the wrong are dosed out at the pharmacy, who pays? Sometimes, the pharmacy pays. But the sick people pay more — at least with their health.

It seems in Colorado, at least, pharmacy mistakes often occur when drug names look alike. According to a recent 9NEWS report, one Safeway customer, on nine separate occasions, received Ketek instead of Kaletra. Although they might look the same at a glance — particularly when trying to decipher a doctor’s handwriting — these are very different drugs. Kaletra is an antiviral HIV medication, which Ketek is a very strong antibiotic which can cause liver failure even in a healthy person.

9NEWS reviewed more than 30 Colorado Board of Pharmacy investigations into incorrectly filled prescriptions from the past two years and discovered those mistakes are making Coloradans sick. 9Wants to Know has discovered at least 34 incorrectly filled prescriptions over a two-year period from multiple pharmacies. 9NEWS reports that there could be many more incorrectly filled prescriptions that the Board of Pharmacy doesn’t know about due to the fact that there is no Colorado law requiring pharmacists to tell state officials when they make a mistake.

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