Walter Reed hospital acknowledges dangerous pharmacy mix-up

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WASHINGTON — Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is examining how it mistakenly provided a Virginia woman with a potentially deadly heart stimulant instead of the Vitamin B12 injection she had been prescribed.

Sandy Dean, a spokeswoman for the Bethesda, Md., hospital complex, said that the mix-up was an ‘‘isolated incident’’ but that the pharmacists and staff technicians will be retrained on verifying prescriptions and that new protocols will be put in place to ‘‘ensure patients receive the correct medication.’’

The pharmacy at Walter Reed serves not only the facilities on the sprawling 243-acre Bethesda campus, Dean said, but also branch clinics throughout the Washington region.

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