oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - A good label ... not just a pretty picture! : practice matters

Volume 77, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Good dispensing procedures require pharmacists to adhere to legal requirements regarding correct labelling of dispensed medicine, for very good reasons. Previous generations of pharmacists took great pride in the accuracy and neatness of their labels and final packaging of the medicines. They certainly considered good presentation a reflection of their attention to detail, pride in their art of dispensing and an effective advert for the pharmacy. It seems that in this age of patient-ready packs and super fast computers, it should be easier to produce legible, accurate and legally correct labels. Sadly however, the report below, based on a complaint from a distraught mother of a young allergic child, tells another story.

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