April 4, 2022
Tuberculosis Drug for Minor Infection
An 82-year-old woman had a minor bacterial infection that should have been treated with Zinnat (cefuroxime). Instead, the woman was accidentally prescribed a similarly named medication, Zinamide (pyrazinamide), a very potent drug used to treat Tuberculosis. MedAware identified the error and the order was corrected before administration.
If given as ordered, the patient could have suffered from liver damage, as well as from her ongoing untreated infection.