17. Clearly highlight different strengths of the same drug by obvious colour coding packaging. Colouring could ideally be obviated (as per our traffic lights "Green - Orange - Red"), by e.g. having the weakest strength in GREEN, medium strength in ORANGE, strongest in RED, and variations of these for any in-between strengths instead of:

18. Include THE red triangle (advisory label 1, drowsiness warning) when required by law
19 . “When you’re on a good thing....stick to it!” e.g. drug manufacturer’s calendar pack of Karvezide used to have the days of the week....??? NOT ANY MORE

20. Controversial recent updating re: almost identical packs of Coumadin 5mg, and Coversyl 2.5mg which, until recently, sat exactly next to each other alphabetically and strength-wise on a dispensary shelf........Help.... GUESS what happened.... "...Read all about it - Read all about it!" Refer to the following link in the April 2011 edition of Australian Prescriber: http://www.australianprescriber.com/upload/pdf/articles/1175.pdf and see what HAPPENED. I think someone needs our help, quick smart!

21. The list goes on.......... add your own recommendations to our Facebook site. We’d love to hear your suggestions. Guess where I was manufactured?

22. "Ooops! I forgot to print the days of the week on my CALENDAR? PACK?"

23. "Wow - this is getting close to what the REAL WORLD wants !" If only the bar code was on the side of the pack.

24. "Getting close to pressing all the right buttons. Pretty, aren't I?"

25. "I wonder what THIS tablet looks like?" All prescription packs should include a description of the medication e.g.

a. What colour Is this tablet?
b. What shape: oval or round or capsule-shape etc.?
c. What markings?
d. Is it scored or not
? Maybe the printing ink is TOO EXPENSIVE to allow inclusion of these images on the packs? I wonder?


26. Anginine:
1. How can I write the expiry date on SUCH A SMALL SPACE?
2. Oh! Now my pen won't write on thaty tiny space - it's TOO SLIPPERY



27: Braille to be impressed on all manufacturers' labels. After discussions with Vision Australia, this is perceived as an imperative PLUS to have Braille impressed on all medication. It would be an obvious advantage if our Department of Health and our TGA offered incentives to manufacturers to upgrade their labelling accordingly to include this essential benefit.


28: 2D (MATRIX CODE) IMAGES = 21st Century BAR CODES2D (matrix code) images are able to store a lot more information than traditional bar codes.  Why not suggest to manufacturers to include the 2D (Matrix) Code on their prescription and OTC medication packs? So, what are the benefits to pharmacy and patients?

How about this: 

  •        A vision-impaired patient scans the 2D code on his medication with his SmartPhone, and the SmartPhone instantly replies:                      
  •   "100 Simvastatin Tablets 20mg"
  • Wow! This could also be loaded to provide dosage guides and/or basic Consumer Medical Information (CMI) info.
  •       This could also be set up on pharmacy dispensary software so that labels will print out a 2D (Matrix Code) image providing Dr's instructions, drug name etc. on each label.
  •      Why not have this included on most OTC products? Why not?


29:EXPIRY DATES - Warning Alert:Current barcodes to be upgraded to allow integration of EXPIRY DATES. A warning message will be highlighted during scanning to warn of expiry of medication within e.g. three months from now.

30:Disease Logo: Where appropriate, include a logo of the disease or health issue to assist patients to readily advise what their medication is for.                                                 e.g.  For diclofenac tablets, include a logo of a bone joint