drug substitution

drug substitution

1. In pharmacy dispensing, the replacement of one drug by another. Typically a generic drug, or a drug available in a restricted formulary, is substituted for a brand-name drug.
2. A treatment for addiction in which a drug with limited potential for abuse is used to replace a more hazardous agent that the addict craves.
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More than 50 percent of the total medication errors in drug administration occur due to incorrect dose discharge, drug substitution and insertion errors; incorrect dose and substitution errors constituted almost 60 percent of these errors," said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Karan Verma.
Switch-backs can be seen as a potential indicator of clinical failure to achieve desired health outcomes from the original brand-to-generic drug substitution.
Summary: Drug substitution, or the use of cheaper generic medicine, could pose more harm to patients and potentially drive up healthcare costs if shifting to generics is based on economic grounds alone, cautioned an Emirati pharmacologist.
Newly added methadone treatment centers and increased funding for infrastructure improvements resulted in a decreased number of patients on waiting lists for drug substitution therapy.
Stuckler said there were reports of some drug users deliberately infecting themselves with HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, to get access to welfare benefits of 700 euros ($940) a month and faster admission into drug substitution programs.
The insurance scheme might help improve access to pharmacy as it would help prevent drug substitution as being practiced by some local pharmacies here, where clueless customers are being forced to buy European or more expensive brands of medication to the benefit of the store," he said.
They urged the ministries of Health and Narcotics Control to plan drug substitution strategies for drug addicts to reduce their needs for illegal narcotics and use of injecting material.
He found a rehabilitation organization to help him and he has started a drug substitution therapy program to battle his addiction.
Drug interchanges made as a result of either periodic suggestions from consultant pharmacists or one-off drug substitution agreements attempted to address the financial challenge of keeping facility costs down.
Ambiguities over naming, differences in prescribing practices and rules on drug substitution will need to be resolved by drug regulators in the Middle East to ensure safe use of biosimilars", said Simon Page, Group Director of Life Sciences at IIR Middle East, organisers of the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Middle East (PABME) exhibition and conference from 27 to 29 April 2008 at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre.
The kind of issues the research projects will tackle include MRSA, diabetes, use of heroin drug substitution during pregnancy and pain during childbirth.
Many clinicians assess the attempt to rationalize drug substitution by using the adage, "A drug is a drug is a drug.