Mistakes can have serious consequences and are not uncommon. Referred to as medicine-related problems (MRP's) symptoms often include
- excessive drowsiness
- Parkinson’s-like symptoms
- muscle weakness
- loss of appetite
- falls and fractures
- changes in speech and memory.
This article in the New Scientist Journal describes a new 'App' (a computer program that runs on a smartphone or tablet computer) that allows the user to identify most common pills (568 currently tested) from their shape and colour just by taking a photo of the pill using a phone camera. The App should be available soon.