[Pharmwaste] New from USP

Lucy, Burke Burke.Lucy at CalRecycle.ca.gov
Tue Nov 20 18:11:47 EST 2012

Too bad they couldn't fit something like "Disposal: www.earth911.com<http://www.earth911.com>" on the sample label<http://www.usp.org/sites/default/files/usp_pdf/EN/hottopics/rs362f_pcl_2012-09-v18-page2.pdf>.


From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Stevan Gressitt
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 2:37 PM
To: pharmwaste
Subject: [Pharmwaste] New from USP

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 instructions.

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<mailto:gressitt at gmail.com>
Cell: 207-441-0291
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