Protect Yourself Against Tampering

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Protect Yourself Against Tampering

U.S. nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are among the most safely packaged consumer products in the world.  Most, by law, are sealed in tamper-evident packaging for your protection.  But there is no such thing as a tamper-proof package.

Six Tips to Protect You and Your Family Against Medicine Tampering

  • Read the label.  Be alert to the tamper-evident features on the package before you open it. These features are described on the label.
  • Inspect the outer packaging for signs of tampering before you buy a product.
  • Examine the medicine itself before taking it. Check for capsules or tablets that differ from the others that are enclosed. Do not use medicine from packages with tears, cuts, or other imperfections.
  • Never take medicine in the dark.
  • Examine the label and the medicine every time you take it or give it to someone else.
  • Tell somebody if the product doesn’t look right.  Do not buy or use medicine that looks suspicious. Always tell the store manager about questionable products so that they can be removed.

Before buying any medicine, you should stop and take a look.  Before taking it, you should look again.

A message from:

Council on Family Health
Phone: (202) 331-7373

Consumer Healthcare Products Association

In cooperation with:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration
Phone: 1-888-INFO-FDA

For free single or bulk quantities of the slim jim, contact:

Consumer Healthcare Products Association
Publications Department
900 19th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20006

Or go to Contact CHPA.

Page Last Updated: 08/26/2013
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