Medication mix-up a wake-up call for parents

 

March 6, 2012 2:05:44 PM PST
Prescription mix-ups are rare but a recent incident at a New Jersey pharmacy is serving as a wake-up call for parents.

The pharmacy filled prescriptions for fluoride pills. But the pill bottles really held Tamoxifen, a powerful breast cancer drug that some children then ingested.

Both pills look very similar.

Experts say it is always worth doing your own checking. There are websites that can help you compare numbers engraved on the pills to make sure they match up.

Also, ask your pharmacist to look at the pills you are getting before you take them home.

WEBSITES THAT ALLOW USERS TO IDENTIFY PILLS:

http://pillbox.nlm.nih.gov/
http://healthtools.aarp.org/pill-identifier
http://www.rxlist.com/pill-identification-tool/article.htm
http://www.drugs.com/pill_identification.html


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