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November 2, 1979

Containers for Prescription Drugs

Author Affiliations

The Board of Pharmaceutical Examiners of South Carolina Columbia

JAMA. 1979;242(18):1969-1970. doi:10.1001/jama.1979.03300180013016

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To the Editor.—  Reference is made to the COMMENTARY of Sherman and associates (241:1001, 1979) concerning the problems experienced by elderly patients receiving prescriptions in child-resistant containers.The authors state that the patients and physicians do not apparently know about their options and the pharmacists fail to offer their patients the opportunity to have a nonchild-resistant prescription container.Section 4(b) of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 is specific relative to the packaging of prescription drugs in conventional (noncomplying) packages by pharmacists. That section of the Act states:In the case of a household substance which is subject to such a standard and which is dispensed pursuant to an order of a physician, dentist, or other licensed medical practitioner authorized to prescribe, such substance may be dispensed in noncomplying packages only when directed in such order or when requested by the purchaser.I agree with the comments that there