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An infant's current weight indicates that the maximum safe dose of Tylenol is 30 mg by mouth. The physician orders 65 mg to be given, and the nurse administers Tylenol 65 mg. Who is legally responsible in the event that the infant has a toxic reaction to the medication?
A)The nurse
B)The pharmacist
C)The physician
D)The pharmacy technician
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Abrams' Clinical Drug Therapy: Rationales for Nursing Practice
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When giving medications, the nurse is legally responsible for safe and accurate administration. This regulation means that the nurse may be held liable for not giving a drug or for giving a wrong drug or dose. The pharmacist is responsible for filling the medication order, but if an error exists in the order and the medication is still administered by the nurse, the nurse is the most responsible. If the physician writes the order but does not administer the medication, then the physician is not legally responsible. The pharmacy technician is not legally responsible.

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