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Old 10-29-2006, 09:37 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by don Arnoldy View Post
I just read about a designer who came up with a new design for prescription bottle lable--which was adopted by Target stores.

Here is an interview with her. You might look at the faces she used.
Interesting - but puzzling to me. She starts by explaining how her grandmother took a pill intended for her fgrandfather. Later on she sums up what goes on the label, primary and secondary information - but what is not in that information is the name of the patient! Are elderly patients expected to remember not only the name of all the medications they use (often a lot of different ones) but also in which dosis? It's quite possible husband and wife need the same medicine but in a different dosis (it could be the pills themselves that have different dosage, but each has to take an equal number per day!). Or both have different medicines but with similar-looking names. How does this label prevent mixups in such cases when the name of the patient is not on the label?

Here, the name of the patient is always on the medicine bottle/box label - and I cannot imagine any pharmacist leaving it out. Surely it must be part of the primary information.

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