Prescription drug labels and inserts often contain information that is inconsistent, incomplete, and difficult to read and understand, researchers report in Health Affairs.
The authors recommend formatting techniques, which could help improve understanding and readability, including:
- Larger type sizes;
- Strategic use of white space; and
- A schematic organization of important information.
Researchers conclude that policymakers should create standards for written drug information to ensure accuracy, understanding and create a more cohesive system (Shrank/Avorn, Health Affairs, May/June 2007). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.