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February 1964

Labeling Prescriptions

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;71(2):155-156. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010171002

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The Council on Drugs of the American Medical Association recently resolved "that it [the Council] favors labeling of prescriptions as a general practice, and furthermore, it is recommended that prescription pads contain boxes for a 'yes' or 'no' on whether to label; if these boxes are not filled in by the physician, the prescription will be labeled." (Editorial: JAMA 185:316 [July 27] 1963).

Labeling has been standard practice for years at the University of California Medical Center, and has been recommended in the literature by others including Havener and Theodore. For those private physicians who use the University pharmacy, and for the in- and outpatients, all prescriptions are labeled with the name and strength of the drugs. The suggestion of including the boxes for yes or no on the prescription blank is an excellent one and should save the prescriber time. Another box might indicate whether the prescription should be

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