Acute Care Volume 21, Issue 6

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
Featured article

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...

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