Wrong medication

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  1. Old97

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    So about 3 weeks ago, i had a zit on my leg that was getting infected and was about to go offshore so i called and my doc called in an antibiotic

    fast forward 2 weeks and my wife glances at my bag whilst on vacation and says “what the hell is that?” (She is a nurse). Turns out the pharmacy erroneously gave me a anti-seizure med.

    i am currently a basic med pilot, but how much trouble would it be to get back to a 3rd class? Do i need a letter from the pharmacy or something in case the FAA goes digging? I think they have gone through my prescription records before.

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    Doctor didn't prescribe it I think you are fine. That pharmacy though..... who boy!!
     
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    The original "I don't know it all" of aviation.
    My opinion.... I would ask for such a letter for your files, and ask that it be attached to your electronic record at the pharmacy too.

    Sorta like the "debt paid in full" letters you get when you finish paying off a car or a house. You might never need them, but they are nice to have should you do.
     
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    I would take it back to the pharmacy, and make them wipe their system of it ever happening. If they balk, suggest that a call to the FDA about a pharmacy giving out meds not prescribed could happen. If its set in stone at this point with such a paper trail (did your insurance pay for it, etc) its time to start getting written, notorized documents from all involved (pharmacy, person who filled the order, etc) about the mix up to cover you ass if it ever comes up in the future.
     
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    Easier to straighten it out now than 10 years from now.
     
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    Yes that I know. I want to know what “straighten it out” means.
     
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    Anti-biotic, anti-psychotic, 220, 221 ... The only thing that you need to check is that the pharmacy records don't show that med. If they do, get a copy of the scrip from your doctor ASAP, and go to the pharmacy.
     
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    I'm confused. You got a prescription three weeks ago for an urgent antibiotic, and you still have it? Or no? Did you take any/all of it?

    IF the anti-seizure med was NOT prescribed for you, then there's no record of it being prescribed for you, n'est-ce pas?
    IF the anti-seizure med was NOT prescribed for you, then the pharmacy dispensed it by mistake, and they won't have known that, hence not made a record of it.
    We PRESUME you looked at the label and compared the description to the pill prior to taking it, recognized it did not match, and thus did not take it.

    This is what I gather from your post.

    But if, on the other hand, your doctor prescribed the wrong drug and the pharmacy dispensed the prescription as written, then the label will match the prescription, which will match the drug, in which case you might have taken it.... In that case, stop taking it (or ween as required), wait the FAA required five times the maximum dosing intervals before you fly again, and if you want to go back to third class, get a note from your doctor that you don't have whatever condition this drug is usually prescribed for.
     
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    Lesson I've learned from this thread.... Before leaving the pharmacy, double check what you were handed is what you were being prescribed.

    And now makes me appreciate the courtesy the pharmacist does where I go. He or she always takes a moment to come over to the consultation window to double check what I was given and inquire if I have any issues or questions.
     
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    the problem is it was called in. I didnt have a script. Was told by provider what they were going to prescribe but i wasn’t familiar with it so when the wrong med shows up its not as easy for me to catch, as it seems every drug has at least 2 names.

    When script is taken verbally over the phone, it seems there is no way to prove whose mistake it was.

    Of course the pharmacist now claims he told me it was an antiseizure med and asked me if that was correct. This is why I hate people.
     
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    Did the zit ever make it offshore?
     
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    Yes it was a quick trip and despite being really tired, really stressed, and really sweaty, was not an issue. I learned I am old and out of shape. All the subsea engineers are noticeably younger than me now.
     
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    I dont know why i am worried about it. I am out of a bfr with a 3 year old - flying 2 hours in past 3 years - so somehow needing a 2nd class is like a one in a million. Cant see needing a 3rd if basicmed remains the law of the land.
     
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    When you said your wife looked at your bag I thought she was talking about your bag.
    Sounded like the infection in your leg had spread to your bag.
    When she said ..."what the hell is that"... I figured your bag was in serious trouble.
    The pharmacist did the right thing sending anti-seizure meds
    He just forgot to tell you it was for your wife.
    Pharmacist knows if she seized your bag she could get the infection too.

    hehe
     
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