Generic color switch tied to not taking pills

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RobynHerself wrote:

Multiple companies produce their own versions of generic meds and they may all look different. From month to month, people can see their meds change in shape and color. I was taking meds of distinctive shapes and colors, then suddenly all my meds were small, round and white. This can be very confusing to people who are ill or have vision problems. When filling a pill caddy one could easily add 2 of one med and overlook another entirely. It’s not safe!

Jan 02, 2013 10:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
FullWolfMoon wrote:

Thanks for this article. Attention needs to be called to such issues. I have seen certain medications change in design several times in the same year. I have a relative who even ended up with TWO completely different looking pills in the same exact prescription bottle and was informed they were the same medication and dosage. Is this companies trying to cut costs at the expense of the patience? It certainly appears that way. A very valid concern is also that pharmacists make mistakes. These days, maybe due to being overworked and pressured or maybe they just aren’t being held accountable anymore, they seem to be making so many more mistakes. One family member was given the wrong medication three times at two separate pharmacies. Another was given the right medication, but the prescription was left in the bag which could have been abused if given to certain people. For a busy parent, or a vulnerable elderly person, such mistakes could be fatal. So, if people aren’t extra cautious about the pills they’re taking, who else will look out for them? It’s difficult to know if a pharmacy or even a doctor, made a mistake if you can’t even be sure of Wendy you’re medications look like.

Jan 02, 2013 11:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sailordude wrote:

So, if you make the generic pills look the same as the name brand ones you will be reading stories of people paying for the name brand meds and getting generic instead. Anyone who does not take a generic pill because of it’s color is probably a person who does not personally pay for those medications, IMO. Where do we draw the line folks? Why are we coddling to people with no skin in the game? How easy will it be for a pharmacist to mistake name brand and generic pills if they look alike? And it’s all because some medicaid person doesn’t like the way the generic pills look? Crazy.

Jan 06, 2013 6:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
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