how to use markings on medications to prevent errors

Recent packaging mix-ups at Endo Pharmaceuticals will focus new attention on how to use markings on medications to prevent errors.

The recent packaging problem may result in a stray tablet of one opioid pain medication ending up in the bottle of another pain med. For example, a Percocet tablet may show up in a bottle of Opana ER...or an Endodan tab may show up in a bottle of Zydone tablets.

This can cause big problems if the wrong pain med is taken...and can lead to confusion if a patient sees more than one med in their bottle.

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