OTC brand name product extensions continue to cause confusion

OTC brand name product extensions continue to cause confusion...and possible patient harm.

A pharmacist suggested "Maalox" for an upset stomach. But the patient got Maalox Total Stomach Relief...not knowing the new formulation contained bismuth subsalicylate.

The patient then had black stools. He was on aspirin and a low-molecular-weight heparin so there was concern about a possible GI bleed...until they figured out it was the bismuth subsalicylate causing the black stools.

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