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GPs warned against script abbreviations

The Joint Formulary Committee has expressed disappointment at doctors' failure to heed its warnings against abbreviating dosage units on prescriptions.

The latest BNF, published by the committee last week, reiterates the importance of never abbreviating 'micrograms', 'nanograms' and 'units'. 'Sadly prescriptions often show "i.u." and "6 i. u." could be misread as "61 units",' the committee said. 'It is disappointing that despite clear instructions in the BNF, inappropriate abbreviations are commonly used.'

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