Disclosing pharmacy errors

Fri Nov 7 16:24:15 UTC 2014

Dear List,

When a medication error takes place at a hospital pharmacy, who is responsible for disclosing that error to the patient and/or substitute decision maker?  For purposes of this hypothetical question, assume that there was no error on the part of the physician who ordered the medication.  What I am getting at are the cultural norms around the issue of who should be responsible for disclosing the error.  The approach of radiologists to disclosing error may be instructive here.

Brian Goldman, MD, MCFP(EM), FACEP
Mount Sinai Hospital, Room 206
600 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 1X5
416-822-5044 phone
416-586-4719 fax

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