[Pharmwaste] New from USP

Stevan Gressitt gressitt at gmail.com
Tue Nov 20 17:37:29 EST 2012

First Universal Standards Guiding Content, Appearance of Prescription
Container Labels to Promote Patient Understanding of Medication Instructions

USP General Chapter <17> Prescription Container Labeling seeks to address
the nation’s more than one million adverse drug events per year from
medication misuse. The standard provides a universal approach to the
format, appearance, content and language of instructions that appear on
containers patients receive from their pharmacies. Wide variability in
prescription container labels exists today across individual prescriptions,
pharmacies, retail chains, and states. The USP standard provides specific
direction on how to organize labels in a “patient-centered” manner that
best reflects how most patients seek out and understand medication

Watch a Video of Thomas Reinders, Pharm.D., chair of the USP Nomenclature

Safety and Labeling Expert Committee explaining the new USP standards for
the content and appearance of prescription container labels and how these
standards will impact patients.

Stevan Gressitt, M.D., D.F.A.P.A.
Faculty Associate, University of Maine Center on Aging
Academic Member, Athens Institute for Education and Research
Athens, Greece
Founding Director, International Institute for Pharmaceutical Safety
University of New England, College of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine
314 Clark Road
Unity, Maine, 04988
gressitt at gmail.com
Cell: 207-441-0291
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