Marion County woman warns others after medication mix-up


Ciara Hornberger lays it out pretty simply when she tells what went wrong after she picked up her prescription a few weeks ago.

“This whole time nothing has been helping it. Nothing has been actually making it better and helping the infection,” said Hornberger. 

Hornberger said she got a new tattoo and noticed it was infected.  She went to an urgent care facility where they prescribed her Doxycycline.

“I was taking the one capsule once a day. I finally read it and it said take two, twice a day,” said Hornberger.

Hornberger said after taking a few pills she knew something was wrong.

“I went to my 1:30 p.m. class and woke up at 2:30 p.m., and no one was there. I was in a classroom by myself.  I even noticed a few days prior, I just got a new promotion at my job, and I could hardly stay awake,” Hornberger.

That’s when she realized she was taking Doxepin. A quick Google search said it’s used to treat depression, anxiety and sleep disorders.

“The doctor wrote down the right medication, which is supposed to be Doxycycline. But whenever someone in the doctor’s office entered it into the system to send to the pharmacy they clicked the wrong medication,” explained Hornberger. 

Sadly, Hornberger’s case is not unique.  According to the Food and Drug Administration, errors jumped from 16,689 in 2010 to more than 93,930 in 2016. That is a 462 percent increase.

Mon General’s Director of Pharmacy Kathy Miller said, “The change in the numbers I firmly believe is because we are encouraging people to report. Our reporting system nation wide have been nonpunitive.”

Physicians encourage patients to always ask questions.  

Miller added, “Make sure the medication you are receiving is for the problem that you went to the physician for in the first place. I usually encourage people to ask to make sure this is for an infection or this is for depression and the pharmacist should be reiterating that as well.”

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