Jennifer Gold

Jennifer Gold

When young children are sick and cranky, it can be tough to get them to take their medicine. Watch this video for tips from an FDA pediatrician on giving the dose without the battle.

Watch the Spanish version, Administrando Medicina a los Niños

A report from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices lists several reasons for the serious and sometime fatal overdoses that have occurred when methadone is used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain.

Monday, 26 March 2012 19:53

Lock it Up: Medicine Safety in Your Home

Every year thousands of children are hospitalized and some die after taking medicine not meant for them. Teens share stolen prescription drugs at "pharm parties" and toddlers are tempted by colorful pills that look like candy. In this Consumer Update video, FDA pharmacist Connie Jung explains how you can prevent harm by locking your medicine up.

Monday, 26 March 2012 19:43

Giving Medicine to Children

When young children are sick and cranky, it can be tough to get them to take their medicine. Watch this video for tips from an FDA pediatrician on giving the dose without the battle.

Monday, 26 March 2012 19:02

Drug Interactions: What You Should Know

There are more opportunities today than ever before to learn about your health and to take better care of yourself. It is also more important than ever to know about the medicines you take. If you take several different medicines, see more than one doctor, or have certain health conditions, you and your doctors need to be aware of all the medicines you take. Doing so will help you to avoid potential problems such as drug interactions.

Your pharmacist can help you learn how to use your prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines safely and to increase the benefits and decrease the risks. You can also use these tips when talking with your other healthcare professionals.

Although medicines can make you feel better and help you get well, it's important to know that ALL medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter, have risks as well as benefits.

When it comes to using medicine, there is no such thing as completely safe. All medicines have risks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a drug means that the benefits outweigh the known risks that are outlined on the drug's label.

topten spot-smWith so many different medication names, it's possible for a mix-up to occur between two different drugs. This can occur because many medications share very similar letters. When spoken or written, these names can sound or look very similar. We call these medications, sound-alike or look-alike medications.

Friday, 09 March 2012 17:38

List of Confused Drug Names

Many medications share similar letters. They are frequently referred to as medications with "look-alike" names. These medications can appear very similar when written or may sound alike when spoken. Because of the similarities, these medications have sometimes been mixed up with each other. image of confused drug names 2015

A list of the most frequently confused drug names can be located here. If you find one of the medications you take on this list, look at the other medication(s) that has a similar name. When you pick up medication at the pharmacy, be sure a mix-up has not happened. Handwritten prescriptions for medications with similar names can easily be confused. Or a prescription called into the pharmacy could be misheard as another sound-alike medication.

The best way to make sure a mix-up does not happen is to ask your doctor to include the purpose of the medication on the prescription or to tell your pharmacist the reason the medication was prescribed for you. Most medications with look-alike or sound-alike names are not used for the same purpose. Using a series of capital letters to make the dissimilar letters stand out is another way healthcare professionals prevent mix-ups with these look-alike medication names. In the list below, we have used capital letters (called "tall man" letters) for this purpose with the medications that most often employ this strategy.

ISMP's List of Confused Drug Names