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Scott D. Nelson, PharmD, MS; March 2017
Although meningitis and neurosyphilis were ruled out for a woman presenting with a headache and blurry vision, blood tests returned indicating latent (inactive) syphilis. Due to a history of penicillin allergy, the patient was sent for testing for penicillin sensitivity, which was negative. The allergist placed orders for neurosyphilis treatment—a far higher penicillin dose than needed to treat latent syphilis, and a treatment regimen that would have required hospitalization. Upon review, the pharmacist saw that neurosyphilis had been ruled out, contacted the allergist, and the treatment plan was corrected.
Perspectives on Safety > Perspective
with commentary by Zahra Khudeira, PharmD, Certification in Patient Safety, June 2016
In this piece, a pharmacist highlights the importance of earning patient safety certification.
Journal Article > Study
Pharmacist-supported medication review training for general practitioners: feasibility and acceptability.
Krska J, Gill D, Hansford D. Med Educ. 2006;40:1217-1225.
Primary care physicians in this study received a training session from pharmacists on medication reconciliation, and subsequent medical record review revealed that nearly all patients required at least one change in medication or diagnosis as a result.