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Look-Alike Drugs-‘A Wonder or a Blunder’?

Lalit Gupta 1 , Bhavna Gupta 2 , * , Kamna Kakkar 3 and Manisha Manohar 1
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1 Department of Anaesthesia, Lok Nayak Hospital, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
2 Department of anaesthesia, All India Institute of Medical Science, Rishikesh, India
3 Department of Anaesthesia, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, India
Article information
  • Annals of Anesthesiology and Critical Care: October 31, 2018, 3 (2); e79850
  • Published Online: April 10, 2019
  • Article Type: Letter
  • Received: May 27, 2018
  • Revised: August 11, 2018
  • Accepted: February 8, 2019
  • DOI: 10.5812/aacc.79850

To Cite: Gupta L, Gupta B, Kakkar K, Manohar M. Look-Alike Drugs-‘A Wonder or a Blunder’?, Ann Anesth Crit Care . 2018 ; 3(2):e79850. doi: 10.5812/aacc.79850.

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