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    Top 5 Spookiest Things Pharmacists Face

    It’s Halloween, which means it’s time to take a close look at the creepiest things affecting pharmacies.


    Candy Pills

    2. Medication errors

    Sure, you’ve got the part down where you double- and triple-check the medications you’re dispensing. But that, dear pharmacist, is not the only thing to afraid of this Halloween season.

    One Halloween, a Canadian pharmacy was handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. What could go wrong with this innocent community-building operation, you ask?

    A few kids got more than the usual fun-size Snickers or Skittles in their pumpkin-shaped pails that year. Instead of a treat, they were tricked with bipolar medication.

    It all began with a horrible series of accidents. When a customer came in to pick up her son’s medication— Quetiapine and Divalproex sodium—she mistakenly dropped the drugs on her way out. Another customer picked up the medication and put it on the counter—close to the candy basket. Then, an employee at the pharmacy accidentally mixed the medication in with the candy. That candy-pill mixture was then distributed to kids.

    All told, seven individually wrapped pills were dropped into baskets.

    So this Halloween, make sure any candy you give out is just candy. For all the other medication errors, we’ve got your back.

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