MEDICATION ERRORS: Not that type of infection

November 2005 
Volume 35  Number 11
Pages 12 - 12
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When a 71-year-old man with a history of chronic liver disease and hepatic encephalopathy was hospitalized for lethargy, a gastroenterologist ordered “rifaximin 400 mg per nasogastric tube TID.” This antibiotic, approved for traveler's diarrhea, is also used to prevent hepatic encephalopathy in patients with liver cirrhosis.

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