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Study: The legibility of prescription medication labelling in Canada: Moving from pharmacy-centred to patient-centred labels.

Publication Date: 
Thursday, August 18, 2016
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Susan J. Leat, BSc, PhD, FCOptom, FAAO; Kristina Ahrens, BSc(Pharm); Abinaya Krishnamoorthy, BSc; Deborah Gold, BSc, PhD; Carlos H. Rojas-Fernandez, BSc(Pharm), PharmD
The legibility of medication labelling is a concern for all Canadians, because poor or illegible labelling may lead to miscommunication of medication information and poor patient outcomes. There are currently few guidelines and no regulations regarding print standards on medication labels. This study analyzed ample prescription labels from Ontario, Canada, and compared them with print legibility guidelines (both generic and specific to medication labels).