PharmQD: â€œFDA is alerting pharmacists and other health care professionals of potential injury due to confusion between the FDA-approved eye medicine Durezol (difluprednate ophthalmic emulsion) 0.05% and the unapproved prescription topical wart remover Durasal (salicylic acid) 26%.
There has been one report of serious injury when a pharmacist mistakenly gave an eye surgery patient Durasal, the salicylic acidâ€“containing wart remover, instead of the prescribed Durezol eye drops. Durezol is approved for treatment of inflammation and pain association with ocular surgery.â€
Some things you can do to prevent stuff like this from happening include (taken from a Pharmacy Times article):
- Include both brand and generic names, along with indication, when prescribing look- or sound-alike drug names.
- Spell out drug names that have been confused when accepting telephone orders. Require staff to write down the prescription and then perform a read back (and spell back for drugs that are known to cause confusion) of the complete prescription for verification.
- Assign time to provide counseling to patients and/or caregivers, especially for new prescriptions.