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College of Pharmacists to meet methadone users after complaint

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

(File photo)

(File photo)

The College of Pharmacists of B.C. will meet with methadone patients next week after an association representing users of the recovery drug expressed their dissatisfaction with a newly introduced formula.

College spokesman Mykle Ludvigsen said Thursday the invite-only meeting would discuss the implementation and transition to the new pre-manufactured Methadose that debuted Feb. 1.

The new drug is 10-times stronger than the previous methadone solution.

The B.C. Association of People on Methadone complained about the taste of the new solution and questioned whether it was tamper proof — since machines meant to measure the medicine weren’t visible in some pharmacies.

They also reported there had been two overdoses.

Ludvigsen said the measuring devices were varied and might not be readily identifiable.

Their only requirement is to measure dosage with an error rate of no more than “0.1 milliliters.”

He noted the college has investigated the overdose reports — which BCAPOM said were informally treated without health authorities present — and found one report. They determined that case was caused by the previous pharmacy-mixed methadone solution.

Ludvigsen stressed all suspected methadone-overdose cases should be reported to 911 immediately.

“This isn’t something that should be dealt with by building managers or friends,” he said.

“Think before you drink … If it tastes like cherry, it’s 10 times the strength.”




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