Medication Mix-Up Reported At Jefferson Regional Med. Center

BRENTWOOD (KDKA) — Jefferson Regional Medical Center says that a medication labeled as the narcotic Oxycodone, actually contained a non-narcotic drug.

The hospital says that a pharmacy technician who handled medication packaging in the hospital pharmacy substituted another medication for the narcotic.

After an internal investigation the employee was fired.

The hospital says that approximately 362 patients who received care between June and October of this year may have received the non-narcotic medication instead of the prescribed Oxycodone.

Jefferson Regional says they reported the incident to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and contacted the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation division, as well as the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The hospital says so far patients haven’t reported any reactions, or side effects from the non-narcotic drug.

If you believe you may have been affected by the medication call the hospital at (412)-267-6006.


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