Search tips
Search criteria 


Logo of jroyalcgpracBJGP at RCGPBJGP at PubMed CentralJ R Coll Gen Pract at PubMed CentralRCGP homepage
J R Coll Gen Pract. 1980 September; 30(218): 555–556.
PMCID: PMC2159715

Hazards from the use of child-resistant drug containers


Fifty-nine patients receiving repeat prescriptions for anti-rheumatic drugs were visited unexpectedly at home and found to have had experience with `Snap-Safe' child-resistant containers. Forty-one (70 per cent) patients were unable to use them. Twenty-seven (46 per cent) patients adopted hazardous alternative methods of storage. Ways of reducing this problem are suggested.

Full text

Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (564K), or click on a page image below to browse page by page. Links to PubMed are also available for Selected References.

Images in this article

Click on the image to see a larger version.

Selected References

These references are in PubMed. This may not be the complete list of references from this article.
  • Lambert JR, Hopkin R, Wright V, Cardoe N. Child-resistant containers: an appraisal in arthritic patients. Rheumatol Rehabil. 1978 May;17(2):89–90. [PubMed]
  • Lane MF, Barbarite RV, Bergner L, Harris D. Child-resistant medicine containers: experience in the home. Am J Public Health. 1971 Sep;61(9):1861–1868. [PubMed]
  • McIntire MS, Angle CR, Sathees K, Lee PS. Safety packaging--what does the public think? Am J Public Health. 1977 Feb;67(2):169–171. [PubMed]
  • Myers CE. Patient experiences with a child-resistant prescription container. Am J Hosp Pharm. 1977 Mar;34(3):255–258. [PubMed]
  • Sibert JR, Craft AW, Jackson RH. Child-resistant packaging and accidental child poisoning. Lancet. 1977 Aug 6;2(8032):289–290. [PubMed]
  • Sibert JR, Minchom PE, Craft AW, Jackson RH, George AM. Child-resistant containers really are effective. Lancet. 1979 Sep 8;2(8141):522–522. [PubMed]

Articles from The Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners are provided here courtesy of Royal College of General Practitioners