When it comes to prescription drugs, medication labels are very important. By using the right labels, pharmacists can ensure that medication is administered correctly. The use of medications and their labels is regulated by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) orders and state law. Did you know that labeling errors are the most common type of medication error? This is reason enough to pay serious attention to your medication labels.
Why Are Medication Labels Important?
The purpose of medication labels (also called prescription labels or paramedical labels) is to communicate instructions and dosage to the administrator and to link the right drug to the right patient. There are some common characteristics of a medication label issued in a pharmacy or a hospital. It has to be precise, organized, and large enough for the drug administrator and patient to read it.
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What Information Is Required on Medication Labels?
When labeling prescription drugs, make sure to include the following information on the medication labels: