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Oregon Pharmacy Board First to Mandate Rx Accuracy Labels

Magazine article Drug Topics

Oregon Pharmacy Board First to Mandate Rx Accuracy Labels

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Oregon has become the first state to attack the growing problem of medication errors by requiring that so-called accuracy labels be attached to prescription vials. Effective Jan. 1, 2000, Rxs filled in Oregon must sport accuracy labels on the vial, according to a pioneering regulation passed by the state pharmacy board. The idea is to label the Rx vial with a written description and ID code of the prescribed medication so that it can be compared with what is actually in the container. The board will ultimately require that the label include a picture of the drug. Pharmacists will be able to run a final check while counseling patients, who can also check their own medications.

The label regulation applies to pharmacies where the medication will be handed over to and taken home by the patient or caregiver, such as community and outpatient settings, said Ruth Vandever, Oregon pharmacy board executive director. It does not apply to pharmacy settings where someone else, such as a hospital nurse, would administer the medications to the patients, who would not take the drugs home with them. …

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