12/8/2003

ASHP Introduces Audio Resource to Help Prevent Verbal Prescribing Errors

Verbal medication orders pose more risk for errors than those that are electronic or written, due to sound-alike drug names. To lower that risk, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has introduced AudioMeds: Medication Use and Pronunciation, the first audio/print guide to pronunciation of both generic and brand names for nearly 200 frequently prescribed medications.

In addition to preventing prescribing and transcribing mistakes, AudioMeds helps pharmacists and other health care practitioners master key drug information. It consists of a CD-ROM that provides spoken pronunciation and classifications for all featured medications, accompanied by a 32-page booklet with written pronunciation hints, classifications, and common therapeutic uses for each drug presented in easy-to-use table form. Entries are arranged by therapeutic class.

AudioMeds may be particularly useful to pharmacy technicians whose curriculum does not include formal training in verbal orders and students taking on-line courses that do not provide an opportunity to hear drug names pronounced in a classroom setting. Cost for the CD and booklet is $15.00, plus shipping and handling.

This innovative product joins ASHP’s line of highly respected drug information compendia, including AHFS Drug Information, AHFS Drug Handbook, Medication Teaching Manual, and Handbook on Injectable Drugs. For more information about ASHP products and services, visit the ASHP Web site at www.ashp.org or call Customer Service at (301) 657-4383.

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP, which has a long history of medication-error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines.  Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective.  The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their professional practice, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs. For more information, visit www.ashp.org or www.safemedication.com.


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