Norway

Man in his 80s admitted after lack of multidose medicine

A man with heart failure and cough had major breathing difficulties and was acutely admitted to Thursday night. It lacked medicine in his multidose from the Norwegian Medicinal Depot.

– We need to get rid of problems with drug deliveries and it is urgent. The situation is potentially life-threatening, says the man’s doctor, Kåre Reiten, to Rogaland’s Avis .

Reiten is a specialist in general medicine and leads the municipal council for living conditions (H). He was told night to Thursday that his patient was at Stavanger University Hospital. The older man has used quite a few and different types of medication, one of which is missing and he should have been breathing.

– The emergency room has informed me that admission to the emergency department is due to the fact that the patient has not received his fixed, diuretic drugs. The situation has been very serious, says Reiten.

The patient should have been without the medication for a week without being told to his doctor about the deficiency.

Strategy Director Miriam Skåland at the Norwegian Medical Depot (NMD) refrains from giving a reply in the case.

Stavanger municipality acts as secretariat for itself and 71 other municipalities for which NMD supplies multidose medicines.

(© NTB)

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