Medication Safety Alert! March 24, 2016
In this week's issue:
- Do Not Let "Depo-" Medications Be a Depot for Mistakes
- Mistake in argatroban dosing table
- Ask about safety caps
- Safety opportunities with New York (NY) electronic-prescription (e-Rx) requirement
Problem: Today, several longstanding medications are available on the market with names that begin with the prefix “Depo-,” meaning they are administered via a depot injection that deposits the drug into localized tissue from which it is gradually absorbed by surrounding tissue. These injections, typically subcutaneous, intramuscular, or intra-articular, allow the active compound to be released consistently over a longer period of time. Many of these medications with the prefix “Depo-” have been on the market for 30 to 50 years, some even longer. Misadministration of these medications by the...