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January 8, 2020: SafeMedicationUse.ca Newsletter - Who Keeps the Box? Are Your Prescriptions Properly Labelled?

The pharmacy label on your medication has important information. It identifies you as the person who will be taking the medication and tells you how to use your medication properly and safely. Adding a label to medications such as creams, liquids, and inhalers can be difficult. In these cases, the label is sometimes placed on the outer box or package that contains the medication. SafeMedicationUse.ca received several reports describing prescription labels placed only on the outer box, without a label on the actual product or medication. In one case, a consumer reported getting a liquid antibiotic in a bottle with no pharmacy label. The label had been placed on the outer box, but the box had been discarded in the pharmacy, before the medication was given to the consumer.  Read more …