Drug packaging: make more efforts towards medication safety

30 June 2015

Although pharmaceutical companies and drug regulatory agencies seem to be taking more account of the risk of accidental poisoning in children, the level of protection remains low. New drugs too often have poor-quality or even dangerous packaging and the packaging quality of older drugs is disturbing.
In 2014, signs of progress in the packaging of drugs show that its role in medication safety is better appreciated. But the persistence of dangers in the pharmaceuticals market, created by "unfinished", overly complex or poor-quality packaging, raises the question of the responsibility of pharmaceutical companies and agencies for past and present accidents (Prescrire International, May 2015).
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