The Saint John Regional Hospital informs patients of chemotherapy drug underdosing
(SAINT JOHN) April 3, 2013 - The Saint John Regional Hospital is informing patients that they received lower than intended doses of cyclophosphamide, an antineoplastic drug used to treat certain cancers and other medical conditions.
As each case is patient-specific, the hospital encourages affected patients and families to talk with their specialist or call 506-649-2766 to arrange an appointment.
Since March 2012, the medication was purchased by the hospital from a supplier who produces and labels these medications. The Saint John Regional Hospital is working closely with the supplier in order to find out the cause of the error.
The hospital is reviewing chemotherapy medication it provides since receiving the notification on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Upon notification of the error, the hospital immediately removed all cyclophosphamide received from the drug manufacturer and has secured appropriate supplies of the medication for subsequent treatment. Treatment cycles will not be interrupted during this transition.
A total of 183 patients may have received lower than intended doses of chemotherapy medication at the Saint John Regional Hospital.
"Such incidents are rare and, when they happen, we have processes in place to address issues while being responsive, open and transparent," said Dr. John Dornan, Chief of Staff, Saint John area. "We are taking this matter seriously and the hospital is in the process of contacting affected patients and their families."
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