Hollywood and drugs go hand in hand, both within movie storylines and in real-life celebrity lifestyles. Here are 15 examples of fictional pharmaceutical drugs featured in movies and the real drugs that might achieve the same effects — in case you’re ever, you know, possessed by the devil or come down with a case of pyrokinesis.
There comes a time in everyone’s life when they’re prescribed a drug, but unless you have no choice in the decision, you might want to consider whether or not the medicine’s benefits outweigh the potential side effects. Here are eight examples of prescription drugs* that might not be worth the hassle, based on their warning labels.
Rarely have pharmacy technicians been in the spotlight as critically as they have been in recent years, with several high-profile instances of technician error making national headlines.
One recent case involved actor Dennis Quaid, whose newborn twins were given drugs with 1,000 times the required dosage of a prescription medication in late 2007. The hospital blamed a pharmacy technician who didn’t have a second technician verify the drug’s concentration, as well as another technician at a satellite pharmacy serving the pediatric unit who failed to double-check the concentration. Although the children recovered, the hospital employees were dismissed. A year earlier, the same thing happened to three infants in an Indianapolis hospital, resulting in their deaths.
Pharmacy technicians are receiving help in their daily duties from an unexpected source: robots. Automated dispensing machines are popping up in pharmacies across the country, counting, bottling and even labeling prescriptions. The automation of these tasks frees pharmacy technicians to focus more time on stocking shelves, dealing with billing and payment issues, ensuring proper pricing, interacting with customers, preparing IV medications and other non-automated duties. Placing such repetitive tasks in the hands of a machine also increases accuracy by reducing the risk of human error, in addition to significantly increasing the speed with which customers can receive their medicine. Depending on the system, prescriptions can be filled in as little as 10 seconds.