It's almost cruel to think that this is a way of teaching an old person how to read and follow instructions, because by being on so many medications to continue to live they must do so.
Since the medications or at least the names of them are written for pharmacy understanding only,
it can really become a challenge for the elderly, non-english speaking people and those who have issues with reading; to be able to take the medications that are prescribed to them properly.
Medications come in a bag with all sorts of literature attached to them from the pharmacy. But the things is the bag generally gets thrown away along with the information about the medication and what you may need to know. You say, "who cares? The doctor prescribed it for me so they must know what they are talking about, so therefore I do not have to read this information." But, even if you just get a bag with the pharmacy name on it without much else my point is still the same, people don't keep the bags medications come in for very long. The bags get old and withered, and generally will not last 90 days. Patients and many medical workers struggle to pronounce the name of medications and whatever it is they do. Patients, are put in positions where they have to hire a nurse or have someone to help them take their daily medications due to difficulties in understanding those long convoluted names and how many pills they have to take a day. This becomes costly to those who are already on a tight budget. A pharmacist or pharmacy associate may say, "Hey, I'm educated. So I don't see a problem." But the truth is they are somewhat out of touch with people who are not able to understand a medication that is prescribed, or in old age the elderly may not have the mental ability to understand the medications they are taking and what they are for.
I say it's time to redesign the medication bottle label. You ask, why? Because educated people are not the only ones on medication ad it's time to realize that a large segment of the population will have problems in taking their medications and may have to sacrifice in needs of necessity to pay for home care if they are not insured for it or able to pay for one privately. Medication bottles have the name of the medication in either brand or that long convoluted generic. Medication bottles should indicate why a patient is taking the medication. For example: Bill Chill is a man in his 80's who has a long history of high cholesterol and high blood pressure, along with other problems. Due to his age he cannot see they way he used to and his basic reading skills got worse. He stopped taking some of his medications because he found the medication names too intimidating and therefore, since he had difficulty in reading he stopped some of his medications. He was a guy who always thought of everything and he only wanted the best for himself in his old age. He did this by marrying a woman who was practically 20 years younger. "I'll let her do the work, since she is so much younger than me." Bill would always say. Since his wife began to have health problems of her own and began to also take a lot of medications, Bill Chill had to fend for himself since his wife could barely read the nonsense on the bottles she was talking. One day as Bill Chill and his wife Chill Out were out, they got a message from their local pharmacy named Birth Control. It was named that because it seemed to be the only pill people ever remembered, even if they forgot to take them. Birth Control Pharmacy called Bill Chill on his cell phone an informed him by recorded message that his high cholesterol medication of Atorvastatin and his high blood pressure medication of hydrochlorothiazide was ready for pickup. Bill Chill was relieved. He could not remember the names of the medication but he knew why he had to take them, now he could go to the pharmacy in confidence without being embarrassed about not knowing the names of the medications. When Bill Chill and Chill Out got to the pharmacy, they got an even bigger surprise.
The pharmacist showed them the new medication label bottles. "Nice, aren't they." said the pharmacist. "Hey , look Chill, they got the reason why I need my medication on each of the bottles. said Bill. "See this one here says hypothyroid." said the pharmacist. "That one is mine!"
said Chill. "Now we will never forget what medication we have to take and why, because it is printed right here on the bottle." she continued. They both left the pharmacy happy because now they had just saved money for their car insurance- because they did not have to hire someone to help them with their medications. The Rx Reader- putting a label on medication!