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And Now, a Warning About Labels

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“…(S)ome health literacy experts worry that many patients, overwhelmed by a proliferation of paper warnings — often written in turgid prose — are relying instead on the stickers to tell them how to take medications.

‘What I’m hearing from patients is that they don’t really much use these handouts that are stapled to the bag,’ said Dr. Ruth Parker, an internist who treats patients at the large public hospital associated with Emory University in Atlanta. ‘What they will sometimes do is look at the label.'” (New York Times )