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2006-07 Official JCAHO List of Look-Alike and Sound-Alike Drugs

Many drug names can look or sound like other drug names, which may lead to potentially harmful medication errors. While the Pharmacy department works to prevent any type of look-alike and/or sound-alike errors, the organization is required to have a minimum list of 10 drug combinations from the official JCAHO list. After a yearly reassessment, the table below lists the most current drug pairs. The new additions are in bold.

Please take some time to review this list and ensure that orders for these medications are written and expressed clearly to avoid mix-ups.

CURRENT DRUG PAIRS: (please note the drugs listed in the left column correspond to the drugs listed directly across from them in the right column)

HydromorphoneMorphine
Lipid-based Daunorubicin & DoxorubicinConventional forms of Daunorubicin & Doxorubicin
Lipid-based amphotericin products (Ambisome, Abelcet)Conventional forms of amphotericin B (Amphocin, Fungizone)
Advicor (lovastatin/niacin)Advair (fluticasone/salmeterol)
Avinza (morphine)Evista (raloxifene)
Prilosec (omeprazole)Prozac (fluoxetine)
Wellbutrin SR (bupropion SR)Wellbutrin XL (bupropion XL)
Vinblastine (Velban) Vincristine (Oncovin)
Avandia (rosiglitazone) Coumadin (warfarin)
Zyprexa (olanzapine) Zyrtec (certirizine)