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April 8, 1974

Drug Identification Aid

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Columbus, Ga

JAMA. 1974;228(2):157. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230270017007

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To the Editor.—  I wish to describe an aid to drug identification found useful to me and some of my associates and by our clinics. As I would suppose many other physicians do, I have my patients bring their drugs at each visit to facilitate communication and dosage changes and to prevent misunderstandings. A small 4 × 11-inch printed sign in the waiting room reminds them:

BRING YOUR DRUGS  ALL patients (New and Follow-up) should bring ALL medications EVERY time they visit the doctor.Also, most physicians in this community write "label" on their prescriptions so that the pharmacist writes the drug's name on the bottle. Some have proposed that all the area pharmacists routinely label drugs, but this has not yet been achieved.