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New Tool Aims to Prevent Med Errors

August 26, 2008
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Rockville, Md.-based U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) has introduced a new drug safety tool designed to help patients, caregivers, pharmacists, physicians and others avoid medication errors that may occur because of drug names that look alike and/or sound alike.

According to the organization, the “Drug Error Finder” is a searchable database of almost 1,500 commonly used medications reported to be involved in mix-ups in the United States healthcare system since 2003.

The database is publicly available at no cost on USP’s Web site at



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