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Table 2 Key theme points identified

From: What do Australian consumers, pharmacists and prescribers think about documenting indications on prescriptions and dispensed medicines labels?: A qualitative study

Theme Key Points
Potential benefits • Reminder to take medications
• Help when picking up medications on behalf of someone else
• Useful with non-tablet medications (e.g. creams)
• May encourage health checks
• Medication reconciliation
• Helps with the management of a patient in emergency situations
• Helps when medication has multiple indications
Potential limitations • Privacy concerns
• Overcrowding of the label
• Prescriber difficulty with defining/clarifying indication
Describing the Indication • Medical terminology may make consumer take condition more seriously
• Treatment specificity preferred with anti-infectives
Potential Safety Benefits • May reduce confusion with generic brand substitutions
• Helps health-care professional match dose to indication
• May reduce look-alike sound-alike errors