Giving drugs branded and generic names appears to raise the risk for medication errors, oncology nurse Theresa Brown writes. Whether or not a nurse or a physician can perfectly recall all the names of drugs, "those two names take up mental space that none of us in health care can spare," she writes. The obvious and easy solution would be for generic drugs to be allowed to use the same names as branded medications with a "-G" affixed at the end, Brown writes.

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