Journal Article
Study

Detection of potential look-alike/sound-alike medication errors using Veterans Affairs administrative databases.

Zacher JM, Cunningham FE, Zhao X, et al. American journal of health-system pharmacy : AJHP : official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 2018;75:1460-1466.

Look-alike and sound-alike medications are known to increase the risk of adverse drug events. Using Veterans Affairs administrative data on prescriptions filled for look-alike and sound-alike medications, researchers found that the potential for medication errors was high, but the actual error rate based on chart review was low.