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.