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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The 10-Week Medication Error, continued: A look-alike drug error

To prevent look-alike drug errors like the one that afflicted Donna Ulliman, pharmacies should make similar drug names look different. For example: meTHIMazole and meTOLAzone look very different. Compare that to the CVS computer screen, where METHIMAZOLE and METOLAZONE look somewhat similar. Pharmacies could also use different typefaces for different syllables of the drug name, e.g., by using the Tallman font.

Read our earlier posting on this.

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