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July 21, 1975

Prescriptions for the Traveler

Author Affiliations

Beilinson Medical Center Petah Tikva, Israel

JAMA. 1975;233(3):227. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260030017009

To the Editor.—  In our world of rapid transport, patients can find themselves in a foreign country where the loss of their baggage can mean the loss of their drug supply. Obtaining the correct drug may be made more complex by not only the biological availability variation of the foreign product but by its trade name, made evident by the following two examples.First, the trade name Cardoxin is used in Israel for dipyridamole, the coronary dilater; the same name is used in Australia for digoxin.1 Second, the trade name Didion, used in Europe to indicate the antiepileptic, ethadione,2 is used in Israel for the indandione anticoagulant, diphenadione.These two examples only emphasize the care that must be taken in writing that "safety" prescription for the traveler. The generic or chemical name must always be included with the trade name to prevent this type of inadvertent and potentially