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Why are more over-the-counter drugs be­ing sold in blis­ter packs? It’s much eas­ier to get a pill from a bot­tle. —Emma Johns, Charleston, W.Va.

Reg­u­la­tors and opin­ion­a­tors say blis­ter packs in­crease pa­tient dose com­pli­ance and porta­bil­ity while de­creas­ing im­pul­sive sui­cide at­tempts and ac­ci­den­tal poi­son­ings of chil­dren. In West­ern Europe, most pre­scrip­tion medicines are sold in blis­ter packs too. More rea­sons ap­ply to pre­scribed drugs, such as re­duc­ing phar­macy dis­pens­ing er­rors. Amer­i­cans are strongly re­sis­tant to blis­ter packs, pre­scrip­tion or not, but more blis­ter pack­ag­ing is in our fu­ture.

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