Medication Safety Alert! November 29, 2018
In this week's issue:
- Are National Efforts to Reduce Drug Name Confusion Paying Off?
- Generic EPINEPHrine autoinjectors
- Simulation products look real
- Clinical practice guidelines available
- LevOCARNitine packaging leads to errors
One in every 1,000 medication orders in a hospital, and one in every 1,000 prescriptions in a pharmacy, have been associated with selecting the wrong drug while prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, or administering medications.1-4 Drug name similarities are a primary cause of these errors.5 Orthographic (spelling) factors that increase visual resemblance among drug names include similarities in the length of the names and the number of groups of similar or the same characters within the names.6 Phonological (sound) factors that increase auditory resemblance among drug names...