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Glenn Flores, MD; April 2006
With no one to interpret for them and pharmacy instructions printed only in English, nonEnglish-speaking parents give their child a 12.5-fold overdose of a medication.
Bull G. USA Today. April 28, 2005.
This article reports on Target pharmacies' redesign of prescription bottles. The new bottles, designed to support safer outpatient medication use, have a flattened label and are color-coded for each family member.
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Thurmann PA. Expert Opin Drug Saf. 2006;5:489-493.
The author discusses how technology can help minimize medication errors and suggests that both the shortcomings and strengths of technology be considered when shaping medication error reduction programs.
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The legibility of prescription medication labelling in Canada: moving from pharmacy-centred to patient-centred labels.
Leat SJ, Ahrens K, Krishnamoorthy A, Gold D, Rojas-Fernandez CH. Can Pharm J (Ott). 2014;147:179-187.
According to this study, the majority of pharmacy medication labels in Canada do not follow best practice guidelines for print size, spacing, and layout. Simple changes to medication label formatting could potentially improve patient safety.