We all yearn to have good health. In our quest to leading a healthy and productive life, there are times we get ill. Whenever you are ill, you also face a risk of medication errors, which might make things worse. Ideally, the latter arises because of spelling errors in the packaging or misinterpretation.
Reasons for misinterpretation of drug labeling
Understanding prescriptions is important before purchasing any drug. Many patients and especially those who use complicated drug regimens are at a high risk of misinterpreting drug instructions. Most often, this is an unintentional mistake. Listed below are some of the reasons attributable to misinterpretation of drugs labels or instructions.
This is one of the primary reasons for misinterpretation of drug labels or instructions. Illiterate patients have a high chance of misinterpreting drugs compared to the literate ones. For this reason, it is imperative that prescriptions be clear to allow these clients avoid misinterpretations. Also, manufacturing companies should use clear and simple to understand instructions.
Other than literacy levels, product labeling can too be attributable to medication errors. Product labels should be clear for both the pharmacist and client to understand with ease. As a fact, drug distributors should know that drug users are impressed with packages that are easy to understand and have disclaimers written in bold. Also, the safety aspects of that drug should be clear.
A good packaging should be sensitive about consumers of all age groups. Labels and instructions should be distinct and easily understood by the target client. For instance, if the drugs in question are geared towards an elderly population, all aspects that influence readability should be addressed. Also, for easy self-administration, the instructions should be clear.
Many consumers, and purchase drugs from online stores. This may be risky and especially if the drugs are coming from another country or a dispensing point that is non-adherent to labeling and packaging instructions. Language barriers and semantics also pose a real threat of possible misinterpretation. Thus, it is wise for consumers to be keen when purchasing from other countries or unknown dispensing points.
Inadequate access to information
Lack of adequate information about the drug in question may also pose a safety concern. This is particularly true when consumers have no access to the Internet or other reliable sources of information. More to this, if packaging labels have inadequate information, this too may lead to medication errors.