February #32 : Rub a Drug Flub

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Marked Man

Warts and All

Cracker Jack

Names Will Never Hurt You?

War on the Warts

Rub a Drug Flub

Déjà Vu

Green Means Go

The Cutting Edge

Sealed w/KS

Shalala Infections

An Ad Is an Ad Is an Ad

ADAP Tapped

Trojan Wars

Girls on Trial

The Pill Drill

Say What

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My Brother

Honey, Mud, Maggots, and Other Medical Marvels

Carmine’s Story

There Is Hope: Learning to Live With HIV

Crocodile Tears

The Kinsey Sicks



Cocktails: The Morning After

Patrolling the Borders


Instruments of Infection

Hiccup Blues

A New Kind of Waisting

.38 Caliber

The Labors for Your Fruits

Barbed Comments

Party Planner

Hollywood Golightly

At the End of My Hope

Criminal Body

I Got All My Sistahs With Me

Primo Chemo



POZ Stars


Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

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Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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February 1998

Rub a Drug Flub

A doc’s penmanship may be mightier than the sword

Tearing into a new prescription before double-checking the label could pose a health hazard as pharmacy flubs flare. Confusion between sound-alike drugs like Retrovir (AZT) and ritonavir (Norvir) has resulted in at least 10 serious prescription errors, according to the not-for-profit U.S. Pharmacopeia’s Medication Errors Reporting (MER) program. One poor PWA landed in intensive care when his prescription for the anti-protease saquinavir (Invirase) was filled with the antidepressant Sinequan. Other misfires have involved the antiviral lamivudine (3TC) and the anticonvulsant lamotrigine (for epilepsy). U.S. Pharmacopeia suggested that docs order drugs by both brand and generic name, and avoid abbreviations. PWAs and pharmacists should store similarly named pills in separate areas. Pharmacist Constantine Torlidakis said, “It’s usually the doctor’s handwriting. But manufacturers should take more time to choose brand names.”

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