Drug labels in Hong Kong are mainly presented in words. Elderly or ethnic minorities might find it difficult to fully understand them. The carers need to spend extra time explaining and handwriting remarks to ensure medication adherence.
We took reference from other places’ prescription labels and designed a set of unified Drug Icons, which can be stuck on the medicine packages to visualise the prescription notes for easier understanding.
Patients taking long-term medications (especially elderly and ethnic minority) and/or their carers
1. Raise the awareness of medication adherence
2. Analyse user feedback for the drug icons’ design and promotion
3. Advocate for the use of drug icons in all local hospitals and medical institutions
1. Complimentary Drug Icons Sets are uploaded to our website in three languages – Chinese, English & Urdu
2. Collaborate with community healthcare professionals in promoting the medication adherence and the use of drug icons
3. Collaborate with pharmacists to build a drug database of most commonly prescribed medicines, with necessary information concisely written such as common side effects, precautions & cautions with other medicines /food, etc.
All drug icons are distributed under Creative Commons License. To promote a more widespread use of drug icons, individuals and organisations are welcome to copy and redistribute them for any purpose while modification is prohibited and acknowledgement is required.
We hope more carers, hospitals and medical institutions could be our partners to advocate the importance of medication adherence together.