Navigation Links
Errors put infants, children at risk for overdose of painkillers
Date:4/29/2011

DENVER Parents who give young children prescription painkillers should take extra care to make sure they give just the right amount. What they may be surprised to learn, however, is that the dose given to them by the pharmacy could be too high, according to research to be presented Saturday, April 30, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver.

Researchers from South Carolina identified the top 19 narcotic-containing drugs prescribed to children ages 0-36 months who were enrolled in the Medicaid program from 2000-2006. For each of 50,462 outpatient prescriptions, they calculated the expected daily dose of the narcotic based on an estimate of the child's weight, age and gender. Then they compared that dosage with the actual amount of painkiller dispensed by the pharmacy.

Results showed that 4.1 percent of all children received an overdose amount.

Of more concern was the finding that the youngest children had the greatest chance of receiving an overdose, according to lead researcher William T. Basco Jr., MD, MS, FAAP, associate professor and director of the Division of General Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina.

"Our goal was to determine the magnitude of overdosing for this high-risk drug class in a high-risk population, and these results are concerning," Dr. Basco said.

Narcotics such as codeine and hydrocodone can be dangerous for infants and children because of their sedative effects.

About 40 percent of children younger than 2 months of age received an overdose amount compared to 3 percent of children older than 1 year. For the average child who had an overdose quantity dispensed, the amount of narcotic drug dispensed was 42 percent greater than would have been expected.

"Almost one in 10 of the youngest infants ages 0-2 months received more than twice the dose that they should have received based on their age, gender and a conservative estimate of their weight," Dr. Basco said.

"Since we know that parents have difficulty measuring doses of liquid medication accurately," Dr. Basco concluded, "it is critical to strive for accurate narcotic prescribing by providers and dispensing by pharmacies."


'/>"/>

Contact: Susan Martin
ssmartin@aap.org
847-434-7877
American Academy of Pediatrics
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Driver Errors Explain Most Teen Crashes, Experts Say
2. Report: Hospital Errors May Be Far More Common Than Suspected
3. Mouse cancer genome unveils genetic errors in human cancers
4. Study: Reluctance to Speak Up Encourages Medical Errors
5. Grant to study how to stop fumbled handoffs which can lead to medical errors
6. Look-and-Sound-Alike Names Account for Many Painkiller Prescription Errors
7. Culture of safety key to reducing chances for medical errors
8. Neuronal migration errors: Right cells, wrong place
9. Despite Efforts, Study Finds No Decline in Medical Errors
10. Study documents wrong-site, wrong-patient procedure errors
11. U-Ms efforts to encourage disclosure of medical errors decreased claims
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... Spectrum Aquatics Launches New ADA Portable Motion Trek BP 300 Lift. ... lift is mounted on wheels, it can be wheeled out of the way and stored ... to the deck. "We have transformed the feedback from customers into specific enhancements and created ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... FL (PRWEB) , ... January 20, 2017 , ... Source ... botanicals and 100 percent pure essential oils, announced the company had a successful visit ... , The annual ECRM event gives companies that work in the nutritional, sports and ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... , ... Lice Troopers, the lice removal company based in South Florida, has ... holiday season. , “It happens every year around this time,” says owner, Arie ... which is the head-to-head gateway that lice need to spread.” , As children return ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 20, 2017 , ... Michael and ... Dana Farber Cancer Institute. For Betsy, the clinical trial has been life-saving as ... has not worsened. , Betsy Brauser was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009. ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 20, 2017 , ... “Mary Magdalene: ... the mysterious life of the woman who witnessed Jesus Christ firsthand. “Mary Magdalene: Grace ... denizen, who spent her career as an educator interacting with countless women who had ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... 19, 2017 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... Constipation (CIC) in adult patients. "No one ... said Julie Beitz , M.D., director of the Office ... Evaluation and Research. "With the availability of new therapies, patients ... their condition." ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... 19, 2017  Stealth BioTherapeutics Inc. ( Stealth ), ... dysfunction, today announced new additions to its senior leadership ... Medical Officer, and Daniel Geffken as interim ... Jim Carr , Pharm.D. has been promoted to Chief ... to welcome Doug and Daniel to our management team, ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... January 19, 2017 ... Oncology & Haematology, 2016;12(Suppl 2):3-8; http://www.touchoncology.com/articles/optimising-clinical-outcomes-gastrointestinal-cancers-through-inhibiting-angiogenesis-and ... ... Published recently in a supplement to ... from touchONCOLOGY, an article by James Gilbart ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: