Safer Rx's

Every year thousands of people die from mistakes made with medication.

They either reach for the wrong medicine bottle or confuse the dosage.

But Consumer Reports says a new type of pill bottle could help avoid many of these problems.

A new type of pill bottle is being used at target pharmacy. It's designed to reduce mistakes in taking medication.

Consumer Reports took a look at what the new pill bottle has to offer.
Right away you can see that the name of the medication gets top billing. It's printed on both the top edge and the front of the bottle... In large, easy to read type.

And Kim Kleman says there's another plus, a color coded ring has been added around the neck.

And the label on the new bottle is flat, unlike a regular prescription bottle that you have to turn to read the label.

Also a summary of crucial information, like side affects and intended use is tucked into a pocket on the back of the bottle.

That's a lot better than many prescriptions where this information is stapled to the bag and easily discarded.

Consumer Reports says anything that makes taking medication easier and safer is a good thing.

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