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August 22, 1977

Adventure With a Safety Cap

JAMA. 1977;238(8):854. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280090018006

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To the Editor. —  I have written the following letter to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and would like to share it with my colleagues:I am a very sick, disabled, retired physician who is cognizant of your various overpaternalistic and ridiculous safety requirements that actually become harassment and hazardous to one's survival.Today I purchased a bottle of heart pills. With present federal regulations, that bottle was impossible to be opened by a 61-year-old physician weakened by severe heart disease. The effort required to open that ridiculous bottle almost caused me to go into heart failure. Eventually, I had to use a screw-driver to force it open, since I live alone and have no one to help me.Please get this government back to some semblance of sanity and reasonableness. There are no small children in my environment who could possibly get at that medicine.Between the