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Rx Description on Product Label Aids Accuracy

Magazine article Drug Topics

Rx Description on Product Label Aids Accuracy

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An Illinois pharmacist who created the Call Our Pharmacist telehone information service has created a vast database that prints a full description of the drug on the prescription label as an added accuracy check for fellow pharmacists and their patients.

Readi-TCID is the latest brainchild of Frank Muno Jr., president of Patient Prescription Information Inc., Bartlett, III. His database of 50,000 records is built around National Drug Code (NDC) numbers, which are used to print a description of the drug and the appropriate manufacturer's logo directly on the Rx label. The description includes the imprint, color, shape, and scoring of solid dosage forms, as well as the color, opacity, and flavoring of liquid medications.

The pharmacist or the patient can readily see if the capsule, tablet, or liquid in the bottle matches the description on the label, said Muno, who has just started marketing his database to software vendors and to large drugstore chains. For example, meclizine HCI 25 mg is described as a "yellow/white oval tablet, two layered, marked GG261. …

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