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silky1's avatar

It's been a long time since I've seen medications prescribed in a blue bottle. Do they still use them?

Asked by silky1 (1510points) August 14th, 2011

Just wondering why they stopped?

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Lightlyseared's avatar

Every med I see these days (well for the last 10 years or so) is in a factory sealed blister pack so as to make tampering with them harder.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I’ve never seen a blue prescription bottle. I’ve seen white bottles, and that orange-brown colored plastic with the white lid.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@silky1 Do you mean a blue bottle like this type? I think certain pharmacies used to use certain colors to denote where the meds came from.

Now, due to the cost of oil, plastics are expensive. Most of the pharmacies where I live all use the same amber colored ones…most likely due to cost.

marinelife's avatar

I don’t think glass is used at all for prescriptions now. This is the only blue bottle that I know of nowadays.

lillycoyote's avatar

I believe that the only times I get prescriptions in blue bottles anymore is from my vet, for my animals. The one’s I get for myself are always in the orange tinted ones. I don’t know why. I know some medications can degrade in the presence of light and the coloring of the bottle is to prevent that.

wundayatta's avatar

I’m sure it had to do with money. Making little orange plastic containers is probably a lot cheaper than making little blue bottles.

Kayak8's avatar

I get amber bottles for me and green from the vet . . .

silky1's avatar

@SpatzieLover Thanks the link was great.

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