Attention to dosage syrups and “Do not mix pipettes “, warns Medicines Agency has launched a campaign on November 25 to raise awareness among parents and physicians.
The goal ? Remind them that every drug and every patient is a precise dosage administered in different forms: pipette, cup, dropper or measuring spoon.
” The MSNA was addressed numerous reports of risk of error or medication errors related to these delivery devices,” the agency wrote in a statement.
In most cases, parents mix a little spoons : for example, they give a spoonful of syrup while the record indicates that it should be administered by cup.
Placards have been edited to remind ” Four key rules to limit the risk of error “.
1 – At a given drug is a delivery device : devices are not universal and are specific to the drug with which they were issued.
2 – It is necessary to always keep the delivery device with the corresponding drug to avoid confusion.
3 – In case of doubt, whether the use of the delivery device or prescription, it is essential to seek advice from a health professional.
Recommendations should not be taken lightly.
“Among the reports of medication errors proved more than a third have resulted in adverse effects, half serious side effects,” says the MSNA.
Those affected are mostly infants and children aged 2 to 11 years.
But in a minority of cases, it is the test tubes and beakers that are involved.
Lack of clarity or presence of a double scale on the cup.
The drug agency has therefore decided to initiate a reflection on the improvement of these devices and should eventually make recommendations to pharmaceutical companies that will correct shooting.