Safety strategies for Look-alike and Sound-alike drugs

Oncology pharmacy practice is changing at a rapid pace. Each year numerous cancer fighting drugs are approved for use in Canada. Health Canada reviews the nomenclature of new drug submissions by analyzing many factors including visual perception, auditory perception, short-term memory recall and psycholinguistic analysis. Despite these efforts, errors relating to look-alike sound-alike (LASA) drugs continue to occur in practice, and some of these errors have very serious consequences.
 
CAPhO’s Safety Strategies for LASA Drugs provides you with strategies aimed at reducing selection and dispensing errors for Kadcyla.®. The same recommendations can be applied to the storage and distribution of other medications that pharmacies identify as being at risk for confusion with others that have similar names, similar packaging or both.