Stop Look-Alike/Sound-Alike Med Errors in Their Tracks

Recent mix-ups will put renewed focus on preventing errors with look-alike/sound-alike med names.

Methotrexate and methotrimeprazine. An Rx for methotrimeprazine was entered into the computer as methotrexate. The pharmacist caught the error when they called the physician to clarify the dose.

Stay especially alert when meds have similar names AND dosing. For example, methotrimeprazine and methotrexate both have doses in the 10 to 25 mg range.

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