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Blanket Waivers for Non-Kid-Proof Caps OK, Says CPSC

Magazine article Drug Topics

Blanket Waivers for Non-Kid-Proof Caps OK, Says CPSC

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How many times would a patient have to request non-child-resistant packaging on his or her prescriptions before the pharmacist would routinely do it without being asked? For a while, it looked as though either the patient or the pharmacist would have to ask every time or risk violating federal law. But the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which had been advocating that position, has relented.

CPSC now says pharmacists can rely on blanket waivers from patients. But CPSC also suggested that waiver requests be in writing and periodically checked to determine whether the customer still wants his or her medication in non-child-resistant packaging.

Last February, the CPSC wrote the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy stating that the practice of pharmacies relying on blanket waivers is not permitted under the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. The 23-year-old law requires hazardous household items to be sold in child-resistant packaging (CRP). Complaints from patients, especially the elderly, that they had a hard time opening bottles with the safety tops led to an exemption, if requested, for prescriptions.

After pharmacists expressed their concerns about CPSC's interpretation of the act, the agency reexamined the issue. …

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