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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mystery Medication

“I was under medication when I made the decision not to burn the tapes.” - Richard M. Nixon
A year ago my wife looked inside a pill bottle and noticed that one of the pills didn't belong. It was a different shape and color and size. There was no way she was going to swallow a mystery pill. Instead we brought it back to the pharmacy to point out an error in their quality control.

If you encounter an unknown pill and want to discover what it is, the National Institute of Health has a Beta website with pills organized by color, shape, etc.

Bottom Line

I'm not sure exactly why this website exists (except for pharmacists). What person is going to say, "Hey, I found this cool looking pill on the sidewalk? I think I'll research what it is and then swallow it."

Perhaps it's useful if you find an unlabeled bottle in your medicine cabinet? Or pills that your child/spouse is hiding?

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