Mispronounced drugs contribute to medication errors

08/7/2008 | Yahoo!

Mispronunciation of prescription drugs presents risks that could prove fatal for some patients, medical experts warned. A report from U.S. Pharmacopeia shows that nearly 1,500 drugs with names that look or sound alike were linked to medication errors, with 1.4% resulting in patient harm, including seven mistakes that may have led to death. "It's just going to get worse with increases in the number of drugs and in the number of unfamiliar names," a geriatric psychiatrist said.

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