Drugs that sound the same and the TGA response
CPD Hours / Duration
1 hour/s
Depends on Membership level

Drugs that sound the same and the TGA response

Presenter Dr Pam Savage, Nurse Education Specialist - The Nurses for Nurses Network

Pam has an extensive background in clinical nursing, education, and remote area Nursing both in Australia and overseas. 

As a Lawyer and Clinician, this background is brought to her role as adjunct Lecturer to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as Aboriginal Health Workers. 

Pam is a Barrister at Bar (NSW) and a published author and her book “Law for Student Nurses: applied principles” is now in its third edition.

Course Content

As Nurses know there are constant pressures and risks involved in medication administration.  We have protocols to avoid drug errors but they still happen.

The Therapeutic Drugs Administration is legislated to address and direct the naming and use of all pharmaceutical products in Australia.  Nurses need to be aware of what are approved therapies and acknowledge there are dangers in using alternative or nonapproved interventions.  

Further, the long-running problems created by drug names being similar and leading to drug errors needs to be understood and the name changes that are currently being undertaken should be part of the Nurses knowledge base.

Target Audience

Learning Outcomes

In this session you will:

  • Understand the role of the Therapeutic Goods Administration
  • Recognise the risks of using nonapproved treatments
  • Apply current approaches in naming that lessen the risk of administering incorrect drugs
  • Integrate new drug names into pharmacological knowledge base