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Focus (Prescription Errors) #636473

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Sep 24, 2000
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Washington: Bob Kur) The problem of errors in filling medical prescriptions examined; details given of the case of the death of Brendan Ward from imipramine poisoning and of the death of Megan McClave from a cancer drug. [Ward family attorney Tom ROBL - says people rely on their prescriptions.] [Victim's father Michael McCLAVE - talks about the industry's mistakes.] The consideration by Congress of legislation to encourage reports on mistakes to protect medical professionals from lawsuits noted. [National Association of Chain Drug Stores Craig FULLER, Institution for Safe Medication Practices Michael COHEN - comment on the pharmacy system.] Statistics on the number of prescription filled and the number of pharmacists cited.

Reporter(s):
Kur, Bob;
Seigenthaler, John
Duration:
00:04:20

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