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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