As a former pharmacist, I should like to add that the problem is often reduced to “bad handwriting on the part of the doctor”, simply because the patient can’t read it. In fact, the problem is much deeper and occurs on several levels. At each step you introduce the chance of error, all in the name of “the doctor is a really busy person.” Pharmacy schools tell students various lies. One is that the FDA works to ensure patient safety by not allowing “sound alike” drug names to come to market. This is total bullshit. Lasix-Losec was an accident waiting to happen AND IT DID!