Look-Alike Sound-Alike medicines

Errors involving Look-Alike Sound-Alike (LASA) medicines have often featured in the regular Share and Learn sessions at Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group meetings. NHS England, NHS Improvement and community pharmacy teams across England have recently agreed to focus closely on the highest risk LASA errors as part of the community pharmacy quality criteria.

To support pharmacy teams in their safety huddle discussions around LASA errors, a series of one-pager resources have been developed, inspired and informed by the Boots UK ‘Drug of the Month’ posters, which were very kindly shared with the other Medication Safety Officers (MSOs) on the Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group.

LASA resources

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A poster summarising some of the Group’s thinking and work around LASA medicines has also been developed and is available to download below.

LASA poster

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