look-alike drug


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look-alike drug

1. Any of a group of solid dosage forms of drugs that mimic various prescription drugs by size, shape, color, and markings. Some of these may be controlled drugs.
2. A drug that works much like another but varies in a minor or insignificant part of its chemical structure.
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USP says its analysis detected an emerging trend that look-alike drug names in computerized direct order entry systems are becoming a source of confusion' This trend "likely will continue as these systems become a standard of practice.
Look-alike containers * Poor handwriting and look-alike drug names * Oral orders misheard or misunderstood * Improper patient identification (in hospital and pharmacy) * Improper drug storage * Taking someone else's medication