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UK push for better drug labelling

MEDICINE labelling needs to be
improved to ensure it is better
understood by patients, according
to the British National Formulary.
The recomendation comes on the
heels of extensive consumer
research into non-compliance, by a
team at the University of Leeds,
which found the most common
reason for medicine noncompliance
was misinterpretation
or misunderstanding of instructions.
“Most medicines do contain
leaflets which provide detailed
information for patients,” said
Professor Theo Raynor, Professor of
Pharmacy Practice at the
University of Leeds.
“However the leaflet may get lost
which means that the label on the
medicine plays a very important
part in guiding people’s behaviour.
“It is vital therefore that wordings
on labels are simple and
straightforward,” he added.