Lovaza Name Mix-up


In 2007, the drug company that makes Omacor (omega-3-acid ethyl esters) changed the name of the medicine to Lovaza to prevent confusion with another medicine, Amicar (aminocaproic acid). Lovaza lowers triglycerides, and Amicar treats bleeding caused by problems with the blood clotting system.

One problem with changing the name of a well-known medicine like Omacor is that it takes time before everyone gets used to the new name. The unfamiliar new name could be misread as a more familiar medicine name during this "learning phase." That's exactly what happened in the following case.

After picking up a prescription from the pharmacy, a consumer read the information leaflet that was attached to pharmacy bag and discovered that a mistake had been made. He was supposed to get 1 gram tablets of Lovaza but instead received 1 mg tablets of lorazepam, a medicine used to treat anxiety. He went back to the pharmacy and was given the right medicine. Check any prescription medicine when you pick it up from the pharmacy, and be sure to read the drug information leaflet. In this case, the man had received a leaflet for lorazepam, not Lovaza. Reading the leaflet prevented him from taking the wrong medicine.

Created on January 1, 2008

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