Despite warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and action steps to avoid confusion, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) continues to receive reports of mix-ups between the prescription drugs risperidone (Risperdal) and ropinirole (Requip). Risperidone is an antipsychotic medication used to treat both children and adults with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and irritability associated with autism. Ropinirole treats symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and restless leg syndrome. In 2011, the FDA alerted the public that the ISMP and FDA had received more than 200 reports of medication errors, some of which resulted in patients being hospitalized. The agency said ... Read More
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