Prescription errors, drug resistance mar Nigeria’s HIV treatment programme

Prescription errors, drug resistance mar Nigeria’s HIV treatment programme

A high incidence of major medication errors related to prescription of incorrect antiretroviral therapy, ART, protocols, potential drug-drug interaction or contraindication and inappropriate duration and/or frequency of medication are being recorded in Nigeria’s HIV treatment programme. File photo: Surgeons at work The result of a recent comprehensive  study on patients on antiretroviral therapy, ART, in 14 selected HIV treatment centres in Nigeria, chronicles the high incidence of medical errors related to prescription of incorrect antiretroviral drug treatment plans and potentially hazardous drug-drug interactions.

The  study, entitled “Incidence and Types of Medication Errors in Patients Receiving Antiretroviral Therapy in Resource-Constrained Settings” published in  the January 2014, Volume 9, Issue 1, e87338  edition of the open access journal PLoS ONE ,  was a prospective cohort assessment of patients receiving antiretroviral therapy  between February 2009 and March 2011 in outpatient pharmacy, who were screened for medication errors based on the provisions of the national HIV care and treatment guideline.

Resolution

In their resolution, the researchers, who were all affiliated with  the Howard University Pharmacists & Continuing Education (PACE) Center, Abuja & Washington DC, USA, reported […]

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