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Letter to the Editor
Editor, – As a consumer of various prescription drugs I am concerned at the dispensing practices of some pharmacists with regard to exterior packaging of jars containing drugs.
For example, one of the drugs I regularly take is methotrexate which is packed into a small plastic jar, which is then packed inside a box. The extra packaging (that is, the box) is usually discarded and the jar containing the tablets is kept in the cabinet. What concerns me is that the pharmacist's label with the doctor's instructions for use is too often placed on the exterior box!
These are not blister packs, but jars within boxes. Other drugs I take that are dispensed in the same manner are leflunomide and calcium folinate. How many other drugs are dispensed in this manner?
Can you understand my concern regarding the possible mismanagement of drugs when labels are not present on jars? Is this standard practice for dispensing, or do the guidelines need to be reviewed?