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Practical issues such as getting medicines out of the containers

Practical issues such as getting medicines out of the containers

It is better to leave medicines in their original packaging, but sometimes that can cause problems.

It is a legal requirement that all medicines are originally supplied in a child resistant containers. This can make it difficult for people with arthritis or other conditions if they do not have the strength to open bottles.

If this is a problem for you, or someone you care for there are a number of things you can do:

  • request non child proof tops from your pharmacist when collecting the medicine
  • ask for wing tops, although these are not always available
  • ask for blister packs rather than bottles


If you are a carer or family member, you may think about leaving the lids loose or putting the tablets out on trays or special dispensing boxes.

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