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Base probe finds 8 pharmacy errors so far

Wright-Patt to check hundreds of prescriptions

Wright-Patterson Medical Center authorities reported a total of eight prescription errors Tuesday for medications refilled at the Kitty Hawk satellite pharmacy since the first mix-up was discovered April 29, base spokesman Daryl Mayer said.

Each of the mixed medications given to a patient had Robaxin, a muscle relaxant, mixed with Tylenol pills, Mayer said in an email.

As of mid-afternoon Tuesday, Wright-Patterson officials said they had rechecked the medications for 547 of 1,273 patients who may have had a prescription error with an oral medication refilled at the Kitty Hawk Pharmacy between April 23 to April 29. Officials have said the warnings do not apply to topical creams, syrups, powders, or controlled medications or narcotics.

Kitty Hawk Pharmacy personnel also found an undisclosed number of medications had various combinations of medication mixtures, such as Nexium, Metoprolol, iron and multi-vitamins, Mayer said. Those prescriptions did not leave pharmacy shelves, Mayer said.

Air Force Medical Operations Agency authorities arrived Monday to investigate what happened. Base officials have said the mix-up occurred at an automated, or robotic refilling process, but have not ruled out human error.

The Wright-Patterson Medical Center has an information desk where patients can have prescriptions checked between 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Patients may call 937-257-9022 with questions or concerns, officials said.

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