USP edits drug labels for better patient compliance

"Take 2 tablets by mouth in the morning and 2 tablets by mouth in the evening." The U.S. Pharmacopeia believes that clearer instructions on medication labels will improve patient adherence to prescribed drug regimens. USP has proposed labeling standards and seeks comment by the end of the month. Explicitness and the use of numerals in place of words, in addition to simplified language and improved layout, are intended to aid patient understanding. In a study, nearly half of patients misunderstood the common "Take two tablets by mouth twice daily." Story | Proposal