Prescription Drug Bottles Lack Proper Safety Warnings
Drugstores areِ not providing adequate safety information toِ consumers whenِ theyِ pick upِ theirِ prescription medications, according anِ investigation fromِ Consumer Reports.
We wereِ shocked byِ what weِ unearthed, saidِ Dr.
Marvin Lipman, chief medical adviser ofِ Consumer Reports Health.
It’s very worrisome to think of consumers taking dangerous drugs without adequate warnings.
The report suggested thatِ consumers needِ to beِ on theirِ guard, particularlyِ when starting a newِ medicine.
Investigating drug labels
Investigators wentِ toِ Costco, CVS, Target, Walgreens andِ Walmart toِ fill prescriptions forِ warfarin, a blood thinner usedِ toِ prevent strokes.
Four ofِ the fiveِ pharmacies failed toِ provide a federally mandated medication guide required forِ warfarin.
While allِ of theِ pharmacies providedِ their ownِ patient materials, knownِ asِ consumer medication information (CMI), theseِ differed fromِ the FDA-approved guide forِ warfarin andِ contained conflicting warnings aboutِ alcohol.
Part ofِ the problem isِ that forِ prescription drugs, there’sِ noِ nationwide standard likeِ the Nutrition Facts onِ food packages orِ the Drug Facts onِ over-the-counter medication, saidِ Lisa Gill, anِ editor atِ Consumer Reports Health.
Consumers probably know more about their Cheerios than their prescriptions drugs, Gill said.
While theِ FDA requires certainِ details onِ labels, suchِ asِ a patient’s nameِ andِ dosage instructions, itِ doesِ not monitor drug labels.
And whetherِ orِ notِ there areِ warnings onِ the bottles isِ left upِ toِ theِ individual pharmacist.
Consumer Reports recommended consumers speak withِ theirِ doctor andِ pharmacist aboutِ how muchِ medication toِ takeِ andِ when, andِ how oftenِ to takeِ it.
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