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Two new “Allegra” products are hitting the store shelves. However, they do not contain fexofenadine, the active ingredient in the original Allegra product used to treat allergies. These two new products, Allegra Anti-Itch Cooling Relief and Allegra Anti-Itch Intensive Relief, contain diphenhydramine and allantoin and are applied to the skin. The only thing they share with the original Allegra product is its name and the “look” of the packages.

Avandia (rosiglitazone) and Prandin (repaglinide) are medicines with names that look remarkably similar when handwritten. In the figure below, a pharmacist thought the doctor had prescribed Avandia, but the prescription was really for Prandin.