A page to warn about ampoules which are difficult to read, or which are easily confused with other drugs.
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Here is a new candidate to put some excitement in your life. I saw LIN and wondered why Lincomycin was in the drug drawer. The font size of the manufacturer’s name is nearly 3x that of the drug.
I first saw this style of lignocaine ampoule when I looked for some saline to flush the drip before I did a labour epidural. On the bright side, it would speed the decision to proceed to Caesarean section. Since then it has made appearances in the operating theatre as well.
We had a similar problem with granisetron a few years ago, but the manufacturer improved the label when they were notified.
Some more from Pfizer.
Pfizer’s reply was that this label was designed to improve safety as can be seen by the Pfizer label being rotated and the black highlighting on the lignocaine dose.
They also reminded me that secondary means of product identification do not absolve the anaesthetist from the legal responsibility to check the ampoule.