Thursday, May 27, 2010

It made me smile

Sometimes, when a label prints, I wonder what the heck the people who put together the database were thinking when they assign auxiliary labels to particular prescription medications.

You know, things like "may cause drowsiness" on zolpidem or temazepam. I know that it is because some idiot, somewhere in the past, filed a lawsuit because they took a sleeping pill before driving to work, fell asleep at the wheel and wrecked, then decided to hire our buddies over at 1-800-BAD-DRUG because "I didn't know my sleeping pills might make me tired".

It's the way of modern medicine in the United States. Eighty percent of what we do is in one way or another designed to reduce our liability from a legal standpoint.

So it made me smile today when the following prescription came to the pharmacy today:

Visicol tablets
take as directed prior to procedure

And the auxiliary label that printed was:

Caution: this medication may impair your ability to drive or operate machinery

I dare anybody to take that medication and drive any distance longer than the length of their driveway.


was1 said...

My favorite aux label... "may be taken with or without food". Is there a third option?

Anonymous said...

I really like the one for our company for "rectal use only" It shows a body in a sitting position with a huge arrow pointed at his ass. It cracks me up every time!

Anonymous said...

"Rectal use only" label "cracks" you up. LOL