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(thye oh GWAH neen)

Brand Names: US

  • Tabloid

Therapeutic Category

  • Antineoplastic Agent, Antimetabolite
  • Antineoplastic Agent, Antimetabolite (Purine Analog)

Medication Safety Issues

Sound-alike/look-alike issues:

Thioguanine may be confused with thiotepa

High alert medication:

This medication is in a class the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) includes among its list of drug classes which have a heightened risk of causing significant patient harm when used in error.

Other safety concerns:

6-thioguanine and 6-TG are error-prone abbreviations (associated with sixfold overdoses of thioguanine)

International issues:

Lanvis [Canada and multiple international markets] may be confused with Lantus brand name for insulin glargine [US, Canada, and multiple international markets]

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