This system will make it easier for patients to follow instructions

CVS Pharmacy is aiming to adopt a more graphical approach to naming pill bottles.  The design, which is a part of the pharmacy's new ScriptPath system, seeks to help prevent errors using icons, color-coding and intuitive labeling for the more than 50% of Americans who take at least two pills a day.

The new design features a palette of four specific times of day: morning, noon, nighttime and evening. Beside these icons, the required number of pills to be taken are written. For example, if the medicine must be taken twice at all mealtimes, a number two will be written for the morning, noon and nighttime icons. Atop this palette will be the first name of the patient and the name of the medicine.

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