Here's How To Keep You And Your Family Safe From Medicine Tampering

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Here's How To Keep You And Your Family Safe From Medicine Tampering

June 18, 2013 Updated Jun 18, 2013 at 11:50 AM EDT

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. nonprescription, over-the-counter 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.

Here's a list of six tips to protect you and your family against medicine tampering, according to the FDA.

*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.

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