State Rep. Robert Nutting Disciplined for Pharmacy Misfill

Republican State Representative Robert Nutting, who was recently chosen to be Maine’s speaker of the House, and is also a pharmacist, has recently been disciplined by a state agency, for a pharmacy misfill, that allegedly occurred in August of 2009.

According to an article in the Times Record, that our Baltimore pharmacy misfill injury attorneys have been following, while Nutting was working as a pharmacist at Wal-Mart, he erroneously filled a customer’s prescription with Zolpidem, an anti-psychotic medication, instead of a prescription for the anti-depressant drug Zoloft. The Times Record reported that the customer discovered the pharmacy misfill before the medication was taken.

On October 1, 2010, Nutting reportedly received a letter from the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation detailing the consent agreement for the incident, that Nutting signed with the attorney general’s office and the department. Nutting acknowledged the error and stated that as a pharmacist he should be disciplined.

Nutting reportedly agreed to a written department warning, paid a $100 penalty, and completed a continuing education course approved by the board on the topic of prescription misfills. Nutting stated that this state disciplinary action due to the pharmacy misfill has no relevance to his election as Maine’s speaker of the House.

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Incoming House Speaker Disciplined for Misfiling Prescription Medicine, The Times Record, November 23, 2010

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Medication Error Reports
Institute for Safe Medication Practices, (ISMP)

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