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Hospital simplifies management of recalled drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration works to oversee all prescription medications and either issue or encourage manufacturers to issue recalls in the event a problem is identified. A recalled drug not promptly taken off of the market and prevented from getting to patients can lead to serious results from a drug injury to wrongful death. St. Louis area residents may not always know if they have been given a defective drug before it is too late.

With people’s lives literally on the line, one hospital decided to take strong action to help them keep pace with the FDA’s issuing of drug recalls. A new system utilizing Radio Frequency Identification technology allows all medications to be scanned into a system and easily tracked when needed. In a hospital setting, the pharmacy is not the only place that a medication may be when a recall is learned about. There are multiple drug carts throughout the hospital that, for many facilities, need to be manually inspected to find the intended drug.

Known as the Kit Check, the system eliminates the time and labor involved in a manual search for a recalled medication and makes it much faster and easier for hospital personnel to ensure that patients do not receive a recalled item.

Pharmaceutical liability is something that all hospitals should take seriously as they are vital partners with manufacturers to help ensure the safety regulation of our nation’s prescription medicine. If you believe you have been the recipient of a recalled drug, you may wish to consult with an attorney.

Source: RFID Journal, “North Carolina Hospital Identifies Recalled Drugs Via RFID,” Claire Swedberg, August 14, 2013



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