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Prescrire's annual drug packaging review

Prescrire Drug Packaging Review
Prescrire's annual drug packaging review sums up the noteworthy points covered over the past year. 

Prescrire examines all the packaging items from the drugs reviewed in the New Products section of its French edition every month. The packaging items that draw attention or could result in medication errors are pointed out.

After publication, a specialised team, the Prescrire Packaging Working Group, compiles and consolidates these analyses. This forms the basis for the yearly packaging review, which brings together the noteworthy points published during the preceding year, along with any additional information that is useful to complete the overall picture.

Prescrire's annual drug packaging review:

> Prescrire's review of drug packaging in 2021: choose high-quality packaging for safer health care

> Drug packaging, a key factor of quality that sometimes determines the choice of a medicinal product: 2020 review

> Drug packaging in 2019: in 2019, slow progress and dangers

> Drug packaging in 2018: proposals to reduce the dangers of poor-quality packaging

> Drug packaging in 2017: quality is improving, but many dangers remain

> Drug packaging in 2016: marketing takes precedence over public health

> Drug packaging in 2015: risky industry choices and lax regulation

> Drug packaging in 2014: Authorities should direct more efforts towards medication safety

> Drug packaging in 2013: small changes would reap big benefits

> 2012 drug packaging review: many dangerous, reportable flaws

> 2011 drug packaging review: too many dangers and too many patients overlooked

> 2010 drug packaging review: identifying problems to prevent errors

> Drug packaging in 2009: a few advances


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