Medication Small Print

WhenSolu-Medrol_crop I give a cortisone injection, I have to document it in our electronic medical records. I’ve always included the dose, how administered (intramuscular), and the lot number. This week my company added the requirement that we include the NDC number, as insurance companies wanted the information.

It’s just one more administrative requirement, but what really makes it bad is trying to read the number off the bottle. As you can see from the photo, the font is very small! I suggested the policy was age discrimination, but that didn’t get far.

Author: Daniel Ginsberg, MD, FACP

I'm an internal medicine physician and have avidly applied computers to medicine since 1986, when I wrote my first medically oriented computer programs. So yes, that means I'm at least 35-years-old!

3 thoughts on “Medication Small Print”

  1. I keep a magnifying glass next to my meds. Even if my eyesight was very good, I don’t think I could read it.

  2. Agreed! And so many of the OTC medications have teeny, tiny print as well. Not to mention containers of pesticides and herbicides. Oh, and of course cell phone contracts!

  3. I have the same problem with small print on over the counter medicine bottles. I think that a law should be passed that a barcode be placed on medicine bottles that can be scanned with a smart phone or tablet to bring up the label for reading. I found that using my ipad mini I can take a picture of the label and read it on the ipad (unless the curvature of the bottle is to great). The ipad works great for reading the small print on coupons which often contains the expiration date.

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