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(vin BLAS teen)

Therapeutic Category

  • Antineoplastic Agent, Antimicrotubular
  • Antineoplastic Agent, Mitotic Inhibitor
  • Antineoplastic Agent, Vinca Alkaloid

Medication Safety Issues

Sound-alike/look-alike issues:

VinBLAStine may be confused with vinCRIStine, vinorelbine

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.

Administration issues:

Vinblastine is for IV administration only. Fatal if administered by other routes. To prevent fatal inadvertent intrathecal injection, the ISMP strongly recommends that vinblastine doses be dispensed in a small minibag (25 to 50 mL of a compatible solution), and NOT a syringe (ISMP 2020). Vinblastine should NOT be prepared during the preparation of any medications intended for CNS administration. After preparation, keep vinblastine in a location away from the separate storage location recommended for medications intended for CNS administration. Vinblastine should NOT be delivered to the patient at the same time with any medications intended for CNS administration.

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