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 hospital complex, said the mix-up was an “isolated incident,” but said 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.
Christiane Wiggins of King George, Va., said she discovered the potentially grievous switch on April 24.
Wiggins, who is 59 and married to a 30-year Army veteran, picked up the prescription from a clinic at a Navy installation in Dahlgren, Va., in early March. She took the drugs home, where they remained until her son, a former emergency medical technician, prepared to inject her last month.