Coming up with unique and distinguishable names for drugs in development—monikers
that will not be confused with one or more of the thousands of drug names
already found on pharmacy shelves—is no easy task.
But confusion is occurring. Whether handwritten,
typed, or verbally spoken, drug orders are repeatedly botched as a result
of sound-alike and look-alike names. While such mix-ups often cause little
or no harm to patients, they sometimes are fatal.
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