PRINTED MATTER ON STRIPS OF MEDICINES: PRODUCT NAME , CONTENTS , PRICE & MANUFACTURED EXPIRY DATES:
The attached picture gives all the details that is required for the patient as well as doctors prescribing it . The 30 Tablets come in 6 rows of 5 tablets each . Every patient isn’t prescribed 30 tablets . As chronic wheezing patients and cough patients only take it on a long term basis who may buy. Most others with chest congestion cough and respiratory tract infections are prescribed just 10 tablets along with other medication.
Imagine the patient,
* dispensed 10 tablets from the last row . He will get only the commercial data like price , date of manufacture and Expiry,
* the one prescribed the middle row , will get only with the Manufacturers data ,
* only the patient dispensed with the first 2 rows will get the product information .
* Technically the product has all the required data as per the Drug and weights and measures Rule . But only when one buys 30 tablets .
*As mentioned above what about the ones buying rows of 10 tablets from the middle 2 rows and the last 2?
The solution for this without causing too much inconvenience to the Pharma Manufacturer Zydus Health Care from Sikkim is to transfer the commercial data which is printed post manufacture by 90 degrees and appropriately readjusting the font size .
This came to light as my neighbour came to me with the last row of Tablets to know if the tablets can be taken for Wheezing . Though I knew from the tablet size and colour that it is Doxolin , I wanted to make sure from the chemist shop nearby .
Besides sharing this information with the Circle members ,
I LIKE THE MESSAGE TO GO THE CONCERNED AUTHORITIES FROM DRUGS& COSMETICS ,WEIGHTS & MEASURES DEPT. AND CONNECTED CONSUMERS more
change the same depending upon the treatment. Even the liquids should be supplied in 20-100ml
packs. Almost every patient keep 40-60% unconsumed
medicines at home and throws away after their expiry as the chemists do not accept partially
consumed strips. Wastage of medicines/food should be treated as national waste. more