Carbidopa-Levodopa Strengths

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Jacqueline Hartford
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Carbidopa-Levodopa Strengths

Good Afternoon,

We are a Cerner facility, but this is likely applicable to multiple systems. We saw an error where a provider chose the wrong tablet strength for carbidopa-levodopa. The way the orders are written in our system is "carbidopa-levodopa (Sinemet 25 mg-100 mg oral tablet)" and "carbidopa-levodopa (Sinemet 25 mg-250 mg oral tablet)." I can see how the provider could choose the wrong option, as the difference between the orders (100 vs 250 mg) is buried multiple characters into the order sentence. Has anyone done anything in their systems to better differentiate between this type of order?

Jacqueline Hartford
Medication Safety Officer
LifeBridge Health
Baltimore, MD