Look-alike drug names fuel hospital medication errors

02/3/2011 | HealthDay News

Look-alike and sound-alike drug names lead to a prescription error rate of almost three per 1,000 prescriptions handled in hospitals, according to a study in The Journal of Pain. Researchers at the Albany Medical Center in New York said computerized order-entry systems, limits on the number of similar medications available and having nurses and pharmacists review every order can reduce medication errors.

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