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Guidance alerts GPs to drugs that are commonly confused

The Government has joined forces with the RCGP to compile a list of drugs most commonly prescribed incorrectly because they have a similar name to another drug.

A lapse in concentration could result in patients being prescribed the wrong drugs, according to the latest issue of In Safer Hands, an RCGP bulletin on prescribing errors.

GP Dr Tim Wilson, author of the bulletin, said the Government should work with computer suppliers to tackle the problem.

 · Carbamazepine and carbimazole

 · Chlorpropamide and chlorpromazine

 · Clobetasol and clobetasone

 · Depo-medrone and Depo-provera

 · Fluoxetine and fluconazole

 · Lamisil and Lamictal

 · Losec and Lasix

 · Noriday and Norimin

 · Penicillamine and penicillin

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