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July 18, 2018: Newsletter -  Brand Name Extension: What Does It Mean?

Added letters or an abbreviation found after a brand name make up a "brand name extension". This extension shows that a change has been made to a product. The change could be in the strength of a medication, the number of ingredients, how you take it, or how often you take it. ISMP Canada received a report from a consumer who was given Coversyl Plus instead of Coversyl Plus HD at the pharmacy. Both products contain the same two medications to treat blood pressure. However, the "HD" in Coversyl Plus HD means that this product contains a "higher dose" of both medications. The consumer noticed the mix-up after picking up a refill of her prescription. Luckily, there was no serious harm.  Read more ...