All is Not as it Seems...


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.

Mix-ups with these two medicines have been occurring since 1999, the year Avandia was first available on the market. In this case, both medicines are used to treat diabetes, so asking doctors to include the purpose of the medicine on these prescriptions may not help prevent a mix-up. Both medicines are also available in 2 mg tablets. In fact, there are few differences to help tell these medicines apart. As a precaution, doctors should include the generic names of these medicines on prescriptions;rosiglitazone for Avandia and repaglinide for Prandin. The generic names are more distinct than the brand names when handwritten.


Created on May 1, 2008

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