RI senator calls for review of medication mistake

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Posted: Nov 03, 2011 4:00 PM
RI senator calls for review of medication mistake

A Rhode Island lawmaker is asking for a state investigation of a hospital network after five of its facilities reported that up to 2,000 patients received the wrong form of medication.

Sen. James Doyle wants a legislative review of Lifespan, the hospitals' operator.

Lifespan on Wednesday said a software problem caused patients prescribed timed-release medications to instead receive regular forms of their medications. There are no reports of patients harmed by the mix-up.

Doyle, a Pawtucket Democrat, says he wants the state to ensure the problem isn't the result of hospital mismanagement.

A Lifespan spokeswoman says Thursday that the hospital network takes patient safety very seriously and is working with state health officials to review the medication mistakes.