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Simple packaging change can reduce Rx drug diversion

from The Philadelphia Inquirer

Pharmacists get a lot of complaints from consumers who tell them the pharmacy shorted them on the number of tablets or capsules they were supposed to get when they had their prescription filled. In a recent report, a young patient who had dental surgery received a prescription for the opral opioid Lortab 7.5 mg. The amount the dentist listed on the prescription was 24 pills. The patient's mom had the prescription filled at a local pharmacy. Then, later on at home she counted only 21 pills. Mom called the pharmacy because she wanted to make sure the pharmacist was aware that a mistake had been made in the count. But the pharmacist became defensive, even suggesting that her daughter must have diverted the pills. more

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