Not the Right Patient
While hospitalized, an 81-year-old man was ordered the medication, primaquine, which is used to treat Malaria. However, he had no suspected signs of the disease. The drug was likely meant for another patient. MedAware alerted the staff that the medication did not match the patient profile and the order was canceled.
If given, the patient could have unnecessarily suffered from adverse reactions to primaquine, such as skin irritation, vomiting, and abnormal heart rate.