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Ugeskr Laeger. 2012 Aug 27;174(35):1978-9.

[Medical mistakes due to generic substitution].

[Article in Danish]

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Ortopædisk Forskningslaboratorium, Aarhus Universitetshospital, Nørrebrogade 44, bygning 1A, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.


Generic substitution is a major cause of medical mistakes in the general population. Danish legislation obligates pharmacies to substitute prescribed medicine with the cheapest equivalent formulation, despite variations in product name, packaging, shape and colour. Consequently, medical mistakes occur. Scientific evidence on the consequences of generic substitution is sparse. Call upon fellow health workers to report medical mistakes to the national entities and scientific peers, in order to increase awareness and scientific evidence about the problem.

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