February 14, 1966

Identification of Drugs On Prescription Labels

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Tulsa, Okla

JAMA. 1966;195(7):595-596. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100070139056

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To the Editor:—  I am one physician who requests that all his prescriptions be labeled. Perhaps, since I deal with children, I feel that the parents have the right to know what medication they are giving and, when they call me at night, it is much more helpful for them to give me the name of the medicine rather than "the red liquid," or "the green pill."Many pharmacists disregard my direction to label the medication, although it is printed in large letters in an enclosed box at the very top of the area reserved for the prescription. This is in large part due to the fact that the paper the pharmacist uses for prescription directions has been getting smaller and smaller. There is frequently no room left for the name of the medicine. We must educate patients to expect the name of the medicine on the label, so that

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