New Brunswick pharmacist fined following patient's death

A prescription error that led to a patient's death has resulted in a New Brunswick pharmacist being ordered to pay $13,000 in fines and legal costs

The patient died after baclofen, a muscle relaxant, was improperly prescribed.

Peter Ford was ordered to pay the fine after medication containing five times the labelled concentration was given to a patient.

The New Brunswick College of Pharmacists ruled the error was due to a lack of safety systems, rather than attributable to a single member of the pharmacy team.

(with files from the Canadian Press)