March 13, 2011

The United States Pharmacopeia’s 8th Annual MEDMARX Data Report  found that 1,470 commonly used medications were involved in errors due to drug names that either looked alike or sounded alike. About 1.4% of those errors resulted in harm to the patients, including some reports of death. It is likely that the number of errors reported were substantially less than the actual number of errors due to failure to report many incidents of medication errors.

Those errors may be reduced by the prescribing physician using a computer system to order medications, by the use of bar code technology, and by using simple methods such as separating drugs on the pharmacy shelf that look alike or sound alike.

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