Medicines regulator reviews packaging after picking errors
Medicines safety regulators are to review the packaging of chloramphenicol eye and ear drops after an audit suggested there were 100 dispensing errors involving chloramphenicol preparations each year in the UK.
An audit by Pharmacy Voice in 2013 of 5,464 English pharmacies found 42 dispensing errors involving topical chloramphenicol products. Chloramphenicol ear and eye drops are particularly susceptible to incorrect selection because they have the same active ingredient. Community pharmacies and dispensing doctors supplied more than 1.24 million bottles of the 0.5% eye drop preparation in England and more than 568,000 tubes of ointment in 2013 (The Pharmaceutical Journal, 8 November 2014).
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