Friday, December 28, 2012

Revised USP Standards Guide Prescription Container Labels

Revised USP Standards Guide Prescription Container Labels

The US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has released standards that provide a universal approach to organizing labels for prescription containers dispensed by pharmacists. The new standards aim to eliminate the variability that currently exists between pharmacies across the US and improve patient understanding of medication instructions by giving direction for optimal format, appearance, content, and language.

The standards include detailed instructions for how to:

Emphasize instructions and information important to patients
Improve readability
Give explicit instructions
Include purpose for use
Address limited English proficiency
Address visual impairment.

The standards are contained in General Chapter <17> Prescription Container Labeling (November 2012). For more details, see USP.

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