Sunday 23 July 2017

Pharmacist faces sanction over errors

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A SENIOR pharmacist is to be sanctioned for dispensing the wrong brand of one medicine and the incorrect dosage of another.

Colette Loughman, a pharmacist at McCabes Pharmacy at the Dundrum Shopping Centre in south Dublin, appeared before the Professional Conduct Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) in Dublin yesterday after a woman made complaints to the pharmacy regulator.

The complainant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said that Ms Loughman dispensed an antibiotic ointment called Fucibet to her child even though the child had been prescribed another called Fucidin.

In another incident, Ms Loughman dispensed the incorrect dosage of a psoriasis ointment that had been prescribed, the committee heard.

The committee, however, did not find the pharmacist guilty of professional misconduct and/or poor professional performance.

Ms Loughman agreed to be formally admonished by the PSI council and not to repeat the errors that were the subject of the complaints against her.

A spokesman for McCabe Pharmacy said: "McCabe's Pharmacy operates to the highest national and international standards of best practice in all of its branches and takes any lapse in these procedures, however isolated, very seriously."

Irish Independent

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