Always read the label?

It was with a sense of slight disbelief that we at the PCTC read this article in the newspapers today. Apparently the words “may cause drowisness” and “avoid alocohol” are too confusing for some modern patients. Experts recommend they be replaced with easier to understand phrases such as “makes you sleepy” or “do not drink with alcohol” (although the latter might imply that you are okay so long as you don’t mix the medicine in the same glass as your tipple!).

Are patients really this simple? If even such seemingly basic instructions are misunderstood, perhaps the medicines should be issued only if the patient is accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian.

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