Look-Alike, Sound-Alike Drug Names: Strategies Facilities Are Using

October 1, 2009 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance


A March 2009 Institute for Safe Medication Practices survey of 842 subscribers, mostly nurses and pharmacists, has identified strategies that facilities are using to reduce confusion between look-alike, sound-alike drug names, according to an article in the May 21, 2009, issue of ISMP Medication Safety Alert.

The article notes that a Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal requires accredited facilities to maintain and annually review a list...

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