Medication error may occur for a variety of reasons. One of the most common sources of medication error is related to look-alike and sound-alike (LASA) drugs as well as the often-similar appearances of the vials. LASA medications are typically thought of as medications that are similar in physical appearance related to packaging as well as medications whose names are similar in spelling or in the phonetic pronunciation.
Tricia A. Meyer looks at cases of LASA drugs and prevention techniques. She concludes that healthcare professionals, safety groups, and professional organisations should continue to work with manufacturers, regulators, and naming entities to explore opportunities to minimise the LASA risks for drugs that are either new to the market or in the pre-marketing stage.
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