I had an acutely psychotic patient with an order for IV Haloperidol....
I went to the pyxis...selected haloperidol lactate...it dispensed the med. In reading the vial, it stated "FOR IM ADMINISTRATION ONLY". Great...I thought I had selected the wrong medication...checked the screen...dispensed med was haloperidol lactate. So, I called the doctor and got the route changed to IM administration instead. I emailed pharmacy and told them of the potential problem. The reply I got was...it is ok to use for IV administration. WHAT??!! The vial states NOT FOR IV ADMINISTRATION, FOR IM ADMINISTRATION ONLY!!!! I am NOT GOING TO GIVE IT IV!
!!! Is this RPh nuts?? I've checked drug guides, the FDA website...anywhere and everywhere....and I can't find a clear answer, so any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated!!!
Jun 20, '06
[font="comic sans ms"]im and po here. i've never seen an iv haldol solution and when i just looked it up, im and po are the only routes mentioned.
Last edit by BackInTheGame on Jun 20, '06