In addition, the storage conditions of the preparation should be printed. This includes any special instructions such as refrigeration, protection from light, and specific temperatures. In general, drugs can be stored at home the same way they were stored in the pharmacy.
While the product name typically includes the active ingredients, the ingredients list will contain all the ingredients used in the preparation. This includes inactive substances such as dyes, preservatives, and perfumes. Active ingredients should have the amounts and units stated. The inactive ingredients do not need to have the amounts listed.
If you have allergies to certain substances, it would be wise to check the ingredients list before purchasing and using the preparation. If you see that there is an ingredient that you are allergic to, inform your doctor about it.
Approved languages for drug labels
Of course, how can people read drug labels if they cannot understand the language? In order to accurately and fully give product information, all labels and packaging must be in English or Filipino.
Products from other countries that are not in English or Filipino need to be relabeled using printed sticker labels or other methods of labeling. Any product inserts should also have an English or Filipino translation. This is especially important for the ingredients list and the directions for use.
Reading prescription versus OTC drug labels
Drug labels are required for both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs. The main difference is that prescription drugs must also clearly indicate the Rx symbol and a Caution Statement.
The Caution Statement is, “Foods, Drugs, Devices, and Cosmetics Act prohibits dispensing without prescription”, and should be included on the box, package insert, and main label.
The drug label gives you all the important information you need to know about the medications you are taking. Always double check that the drug label matches your prescription.
If you need help learning how to read drug labels, you can ask your pharmacist or other health professional.