The FDA has notified manufacturers and distributors of 33 drugs, recommending tall-man lettering to help distinguish between look-alike names. Your facility can improve safety by adopting similar changes. Here are the "look-alikes":
BY MICHAEL R. COHEN, RPH, MS, FASHP
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