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Journal Article

Safety and efficiency of a new generic package labelling: a before and after study in a simulated setting.

Garcia BH, Elenjord R, Bjornstad C, et al. BMJ quality & safety. 2017;26:817-823.

Look-alike and sound-alike medications can be erroneously substituted for each other, leading to adverse drug events. Use of nonproprietary medication names can prevent look-alike and sound-alike errors. In this simulation study, investigators compared how nurses handle medication packages with a prominent nonproprietary name versus standard medication packages. Participants prepared medications with nonproprietary labeling more quickly, but errors were rare across all packaging types.