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Prescribers with the same name

August 16, 2017

In December 2016, we published a story about two Edmonton area physicians who share the exact same first, last, and middle name. One is an emergency room physician, the other is a general practitioner, and both have been contacted about prescriptions they did not write. This kind of mix-up causes inaccurate patient records and has the potential to disrupt patient care.

Since publishing the story about two physicians named Dr. Navdeep Singh Dhaliwal, the Triplicate Prescription Program has reported that 17 additional pharmacies have created patient records with the incorrect Dr. Navdeep Singh Dhaliwal associated with a prescription.

We remind you to be conscious that prescribers with identical names do exist, and may even practice in the same city or town. Please ensure you correctly identify the prescriber, and determine whether they are legally authorized to prescribe the drug or blood product listed on the prescription. The records that you create impact continuity of care and the decisions other health professionals make. You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of all records you create.

Read more about the two prescribers mentioned above in the December 14, 2016, issue of The Link and visit the Forgery Alerts section of our website for details on what they are authorized to prescribe.