Prescription bottle

Prescription bottles are containers that contain medicine prescribed by physicians. Prescription bottles are generally found in pharmacies.

ClearRx prescription bottles distributed by Target Corporation.[1]
Ritalin dispensed from a prescription bottle.

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History of Prescription Bottles

Prescription bottles have been around since the 19th-century. Throughout the 19th and 20th-centuries, prescription medication bottles were called medicinal bottles.[2] There are many styles and shapes of prescription bottles. They come in: cylindrical and round,[3] square,[4] rectangular,[5] oval,[6] and other shapes.[7]

Color

Prescription bottles come in different colors. The most common is orange. Some prescription bottles are orange so that it prevents light from degrading the medicines inside through photochemical reactions. Orange is not the only color. There are clear ones, for medicines that don't degrade in light. There are also blue ones, dark brown ones, green ones and opaque ones. The bottle is red, to match the signature red color of the Target stores, which have adopted the new prescription bottle color and label design.[8]

Distributing companies

There are many companies that distribute prescription bottles. The well-known ones are: Costco, CVS Caremark, Target Corporation, Walgreens, and Walmart. The pharmacies of Target stores distribute medications in ClearRx prescription bottles.[1][9][10]

Costco Prescription Bottle.jpg

ClearRx

The ClearRx prescription bottles are made of clear red plastic. The shape of the bottle allows for easy storage in small medicine cabinets. The lettering is large and noticeable for people to read the warning labels, etc. On the top of the bottle, is the name of the medication for the patient to know that it is the right one. Also, the prescription bottles have color-coded rings to differentiate between which medication goes to which family member.[11][12][13][14]

  1. ^ a b "ClearRx: It all started with a strong dose of common sense.". Target Corporation. Target Corporation. http://sites.target.com/site/en/spot/page.jsp?title=pharmacy_clear_rx&ref=link_phrm_pp_3_2. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Lindsey, Bill. "Bottle Typing/Diagnostic Shapes". Bill Lindsey. http://www.sha.org/bottle/medicinal.htm. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Lindsey, Bill. Druggists "Round Medicinal Bottles". Bill Lindsey. http://www.sha.org/bottle/medicinal.htm#Round Druggists. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Lindsey, Bill. Druggists "Square Medicinal Bottles". Bill Lindsey. http://www.sha.org/bottle/medicinal.htm#Square Druggists. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Lindsey, Bill. Druggists "Rectangular Medicinal Bottles". Bill Lindsey. http://www.sha.org/bottle/medicinal.htm#Rectangular Druggists. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Lindsey, Bill. Druggists "Oval Medicinal Bottles". Bill Lindsey. http://www.sha.org/bottle/medicinal.htm#Oval Druggists. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Lindsey, Bill. Druggist Shapes "Other Shapes of Medicinal Bottles". Bill Lindsey. http://www.sha.org/bottle/medicinal.htm#Other Druggist Shapes. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Fernandez, Sonia. "Why are Prescription Bottles Orange?". eHow. eHow Contributor. 
  9. ^ "ClearRx/Pharmacy". Target Corporation. Target Corporation. http://pressroom.target.com/pr/news/clearrx-pharmacy.aspx. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  10. ^ McTigue, Lisa. "Target's ClearRx packaging earns Design of the Decade award". Packaging Digest. Packaging Digest. http://www.packagingdigest.com/article/511848-Target_s_ClearRx_packaging_earns_Design_of_the_Decade_award.php. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  11. ^ Hafferty, Evelyn. "ClearRx Design on drugs". brandchannel. http://www.brandchannel.com/features_profile.asp?pr_id=248. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Design of the Decade: ClearRx". IDSA. Yanko Design. http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/12/10/design-of-the-decade-clearrx/. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  13. ^ Frederick, Jim. "Target’s ClearRx named Design of the Decade". Drug Store News. dsn. http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/target%E2%80%99s-clearrx-named-design-decade. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  14. ^ Avila, Theresa. "GOOD Design Daily: ClearRx Prescription Bottles, the Design of the Decade". Good Design Daily. Theresa Avila. http://www.good.is/post/good-design-daily-clearrx-prescription-bottles-the-design-of-the-decade/. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 

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