The FDA has alerted healthcare professionals about the risk of wrong drug medication errors involving ropinirole and risperidone. The cause for confusion between the two medications is multi-factorial:
Ropinirole and risperidone are commonly used in the hospice setting, and may even be prescribed for the same patient. To help reduce the risk of medication errors involving these two medications, healthcare professionals should take the following steps:
The FDA is also asking the manufacturers of Requip, Risperdal and the generic products to more clearly differentiate the labels and product packaging to reduce the risk of confusion.
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