Wait, Where Is The Medication Located?

Flickr pool member Listener42 says,

“I wonder which pouch my medication is in. ([This was] sent to me by the Caremark prescription fulfillment center. The drugs required refrigeration.) “

Sorry, we’re not sure. Maybe you should call them and ask?

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  1. MrBiggles says:

    maybe it’s a patch?

  2. MissPeacock says:

    I dunno. There are lots of stories on here about people accidentally ingesting things they shouldn’t, so it’s a nice change to see something so clearly labeled.

    As an aside, I took Accutane for acne several years ago as a last resort (and it worked!). Accutane can cause horrific birth defects, so every inch of the product box had a silhouette of a pregnant woman with a big X over her and the words “DO NOT GET PREGNANT WHILE ON ACCUTANE.” I had to sign a form saying I would use two forms of birth control at all times, and had to get a pregnancy test every month while I was on it. Sometimes you need to see warnings like these to really get the picture of how serious something you’re taking is.

  3. WarOtter - I went to Japan and all I got was this tumor. says:

    This would provide quite a conundrum. How can you perform an action if it tells you to stop!

    Anyway, I don’t think this is as ridiculous as it may seem, since it is probably often the case otherwise that people might think that the pouch is actually more padding for the shipment. It is more of a sad comment about stupid consumers that they need to do this to prevent extra stupidity.

  4. chrisjames says:

    As they say, if they have to use a label to warn against something, then that means some fool’s already done it. But, how did they arrive at saying the same thing so many times?

    – “Someone threw away the pouch, again!”
    – *sigh* “Add another ‘medication inside’ line to the sticker.”

    Also, does the melting affect the medication, which is inside the pouch?

  5. RabbitDinner says:

    @MissPeacock: I know exactly what you’re talking about. Every paper cover the foil punch-outs had a picture of a little baby with a deformed head. I had them scattered across my floor-definitely one of the more disturbing images i’ve seen.

  6. Thorgryn says:

    Maybe they put it inside the cold pouch? If the warning wasn’t on the outside, you might just toss out the cold pouch not knowing that the medication was inside of it.

  7. RabbitDinner says:

    LOL. Medication inside THIS pouch!!!!!! What is this anyway, Ritalin?

  8. MissPeacock says:

    @RabbitDinner: Oh yeah. I forgot about the sad little deformed-baby drawings in the packages. :( It really was a downer to take that medication, but it works wonders. I understand that you have to register with the FDA now if you take it.

  9. Propaniac says:

    I kind of wish everything was this clear. But I wonder how many people still manage to miss that the medication is in THAT pouch.

  10. linbey says:

    Most of us would think this label is going overboard but then again there are really dumb people out there that need a warning label on the deck of a lawn mower reminding them not to put their hand under it when the lawnmower is being used

  11. Tmoney02 says:

    @MissPeacock: I took Accutane for acne several years ago as a last resort

    I’m not calling you specifically but the general “hype” about accutane being “possibly dangerous” and it almost getting banned. I consider the stuff a miracle drug for how well it worked and would highly recommend it. So it makes me kind of upset that other people get directed to products that don’t work as well.

  12. Hanke says:

    It’s not a warning, it’s instructions. A lot of people probably opened their packages and wondered where their medication was. It’s packed INSIDE the cold pack; if you didn’t know, you’d have thrown it out.

  13. Tmoney02 says:

    @Tmoney02: and that it could be taken away as an option.

  14. AnxiousDemographic says:

    Look at all those extra examinations!!!!! They really help improve the readability of the label!!!!!

  15. MissPeacock says:

    @Tmoney02: I recommend it, too, but it does have the potential to be a very dangerous drug. There’s no need to go directly to it when something milder can potentially fix the problem beforehand, and that’s probably the case for a lot of people. The only way to find out is to try other things first.

    There is also a lot of responsibility involved in taking the drug: monthly pregnancy tests, monthly cholesterol tests (for both sexes) at a lab, and the knowledge that you HAVE to take precautions sexually while you’re on it. Frankly, a lot of people might not be able to handle that level of commitment. But yes, it’s absolutely a miracle drug and I have no regrets about taking it.

    That was totally off-topic. Sorry!

  16. RabbitDinner says:

    @MissPeacock: Boy, what a hassle. It was almost as bad as my grandfather trying to get his Vicodin after surgery. I, a male, even had to read a booklet and take a test on the dangers of Accutane.

  17. RabbitDinner says:

    And Accutane is great stuff, I never had any joint problems or depression as warned, but I do remember using a boatload of Aquaphor for dry skin and Ocean Spray for my nose.

    Sorry, completely OT

  18. BlondeGrlz says:

    @MissPeacock: They did the same thing to me when I took Accutane. I was 15. Now, I know that doesn’t really mean much these days but I can assure you if being afraid my mother would catch me wasn’t enough of a deterrent, knowing if I did accidentally get pregnant I would have horribly deformed babies was enough to scare me into staying a virgin for years.

  19. linbey says:


    Accutane may be great stuff but its really only for Vain people since acne does no harm other than give you pimples and it goes away on its own over time. Personally I dont think its worth the side effects and dangers just to “look good” for other people. I dont care what other people think about me. If they wouldnt like me because I had acne then they arent a true friend

  20. Tmoney02 says:

    @MissPeacock: monthly cholesterol tests (for both sexes) at a lab, Do you know is that something new they added? I never had my cholestrol checked but I was also a teenager. I did get some blood work before going on it though.

    @MissPeacock: does have the potential to be a very dangerous drug. There’s no need to go directly to it when something milder can potentially fix the problem beforehand, and that’s probably the case for a lot of people.

    I agree about needing to try less severe methods first. My one side effect (being prone to nosebleeds) would let me agree with that. But I shrug my shoulders at it being a potentialy dangerous drug. Yes it can be….for a very very small group of people. So can a lot of other drugs, but as long as you are responsible enough to stop taking it if you are suffering any effects and have regular checkups while on it, like you should be doing, I just don’t understand the general freak out about this specific drug.

  21. Ubermunch says:


    My wife took Accutane, too. She used to save up the little preganant ladies with the X’s for jokes. Give them to friends at parties, etc.

  22. RabbitDinner says:

    @linbey: Look, I understand what you mean. Some may scoff at cosmetic surgery, vanity products et al, but it’s not only for vain people. I get acne from my father’s side, and he has very bad acne scarring. It is very likely that if I did not take Accutane in high school, I would look like Edward James Olmos. So go ahead and call me vain for trying to avoid disfiguring scars.

  23. Tmoney02 says:

    @linbey: Yes not wanting to have scars and pockmarks all over your body and especially face…so very very vain. I mean looks dont do anythign for you in the adult world…except get you more promotions, bigger saleries, more opportunites and leeway. More social interaction, better looking spouse….yep so very vain….

  24. MissTicklebritches says:

    Do you have to get in the pouch with the medication to take it?

  25. purplesun says:

    While the sheer number of times the information printed on the package is a little insane, I do understand why they have to make a big deal about it. My refrigerated medication arrives in a large box, the little box my medication comes in surrounded my four cold packs. I get this package every month, so I just throw those cool packs out without a second thought.

    Maybe they’re trying to save packaging and are sick of people accidentally throwing out the medication.

  26. EllaMcWho says:

    @linbey: yes – avoiding disfiguring scars, but also relieving low self-esteem, relieving the depression from being a social pariah and improving my lowered resistance to infection for me. Sorry Linbey – you’re a real ass for equating resolving chronic acne with vanity. and @rabbitdinner: EJO is hot.

  27. Ubermunch says:


    Have you ever seen someone scarred by acne? And I mean PERMENENTLY scarred. Ever see Edward James Olmos’ face? or Manuel Noriega? They called Noriega “The Pineapple” because he was scarred so badly. Think about how that nickname would be in middle school.

    Acne is not just a vanity issue… it’s a potential *disfigurement* issue for some. Image if *your* face would be permanently pockmarked for life starting when you were 12. I’m betting you’d RUN to the pharmacy. Care to tell me that you *wouldn’t* because face scarring is merely vanity?

    You know I’d like to think that you aren’t a judgemental pinheaded ass… but your condescending tone, lack of knowledge, and minimal empathy make me think otherwise.

  28. EllaMcWho says:

    @Tmoney02: Well-said.

  29. feralparakeet says:

    OK, it looks to me that the item shipped is a cold pack itself, with the bottle of medicine INSIDE the cold pack.

    I could see lots of people – elderly or not – who would open the box, see a mostly melted cold pack, and call the company they ordered their prescriptions from to complain. Or someone would just email the consumerist and it’d be posted here.

  30. rbaldwin says:

    I am a pharmacy administrator and this style label is used as part of a quality initiative to reduce medical errors and help patients find their medications. Sometimes these meds cost over $5,000 per shipment so a clear label is a necessity.

  31. linbey says:


    People shouldnt be judged by whether they have pock mark scarring or not so I stand by my opinin. If someone doesnt like you or me because of scarring then they are the one who needs help

  32. Ubermunch says:

    And that’s your opinion… and I think you are in the monority on this one. Most people would choose to be unscarred -v- permenently scarred. I, too, like to think that everyone *should* judge not on appearances, but the world is as it is and not as it *should* be.

    While I understand your opinion, unfortunately you chose to express it by demeaning those who chose not too be scarred by calling them “vain”. That makes you sound like an insensitive ass. Not even referencing in your second post your condescending tone or lack of empathy just proves the point.

    Funny how you dodged the following question in your first response, isn’t it? So I’ll ask again…

    If your face was to be permenently scarred and there was a pill to keep it from happening… what would *YOU* do? Use the pill or not use the pill?

  33. Tmoney02 says:

    @linbey: People shouldnt be judged

    And there shouldn’t be wars or fighting. And we should all love each other for just being who we are. And when you get done living in your dream world you can face the real world like the rest of us. –> @Tmoney02:

  34. Tmoney02 says:

    @linbey: I also enjoy how you are judging everyone here while then saying people shouldn’t be judged – or does that only apply to physical appearance?

  35. MaliBoo Radley says:

    Libney is either VERY naive or perhaps trollish. Frankly, saying people “shouldn’t” be judged sounds like something straight out of the mind of and 8 year old. It’s quaint and idealistic.

  36. Shadowman615 says:

    @linbey: Most people who resort to a solution like that have an acne problem far worse than your run-of-the-mill teenage pimple breakout. Call them vain if you want, but I doubt you’d forgo any cosmetic treatment for a bad enough problem just because you thought it was silly.

  37. linbey says:


    To answer your question, Yes I would forgo the use of a pill to prevent facial scarring. Its just not worth the risk. There are far too many drugs out there who’s sole purpose is cosemtic reasons and they often have serious risks and side effects.


    Why would it be so hard to live your life not caring what others think of you?

    Im not judging anyone. Vain is a definition, not a judgment or opinion. As per Websters, the definition of Vain is:

    Excessively proud of or concerned about one’s own appearance, qualities, achievements, etc.; conceited.
    I made no judgements, just pointed out a fact


  38. Tmoney02 says:

    @linbey: So just curious does that mean any woman who has breast reconstructive surgery (after losing her breasts to cancer) is just being vain? If you lost your breasts or or had a disfiguring scar on your face you wouldn’t get anything done to fix it because it is merely being vain and contains risks and possible side effects?

  39. MaliBoo Radley says:


    Or course. Linbey is a contrarian. No matter what you say, she/he will take the opposite stance. Just for kicks and attention, I’d wager.

  40. Ubermunch says:


    So… You would let yourself be permenently scarred? I cry “BS”! I think if you ever had to face that situation you run to the pharmacy… but… you can thank God for not ever having to walk in those shoes. Look in the mirror and be thankful pal.


    Until you *are* in those shoes, why don’t you keep your moronic judgements on others choices to yourself. And trying to use the dictionary to hide behind is about as clever as beating a 3 year old at chess. But since you want to play that way… how’s this for a dictionary definition:

    VAIN: – characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance) “a conceited fool”; “an attitude of self-conceited arrogance”; “an egotistical disregard of others”; “vain about her clothes” SYN: S: (adj) conceited, egotistic, egotistical, self-conceited, swollen, swollen-headed

    Still think that “vain” is some glowing praise/minimal usage? Please… troll all you like but don’t try to minimize the impact of the words you choose.

  41. sean77 says:

    @radleyas: I’m guessing Libney is a scientologist. Only Xenu can cure acne!

  42. MaliBoo Radley says:


    Oh, totally. I mean, Acne is of course caused by excessive body thetans. I mean, everyone knows that, right? Right? Where did everyone go? I was gonna put on Top Gun!

  43. incognit000 says:

    I used to ship very expensive, very small quantities of biological reagents to universities as part of one of my previous jobs.

    You have no idea how many customers would call us up and complain we sent them an empty box, when all they had to do was open a small bubble-wrapped bag. If people with PhDs can’t find something inside a small bag, it’s no wonder the average consumer is equally confused.

  44. Josh R. says:

    Hey, this is Listener42. I just noticed this was posted, so I’m a bit late to the party.

    This pouch cointained ten multi-dose syringes of Symlin, a synthetic insulin that can only “live” unrefrigerated for four weeks. So they sent it in a cold pack. I totally get that.

    I do understand the need for all the warnings, but I’m with chrisjames.

  45. Greasy Thumb Guzik says:

    You mean all the extra EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!!!!!?

  46. JennaBelle says:

    I had to comment on the vanity thing. I’m currently in the process of beginning accutane for my cystic acne. It’s taken years for a dermatologist to allow me to go on it simply because my cystic acne does not “look all that bad”. In all honesty, I do have cysts about 95% of the time, but they’re usually not visible unless I pick at them (which I try not to do, but the pressure of these sometimes marble-sized cysts is only relieved by bringing some of the surrounding fluids to the surface).

    My trouble is that they concentrate on my chin and jawline so that if they do break open on my chin (even without my help), they won’t heal for months, because the skin is moving around often. On my jawline they get so painful I often get throbbing headaches that stem from the pressure on my jaw.

    My wish to go on accutane is far from vain, it’s really all about avoiding painful situations that happen at least a few times a month. I personally find it almost embarrassing that I have chronic headaches that are actually caused by acne. I’m also leery of my habitual need for low-dose antibiotics, which is the alternate route so many doctors have had me take for years, even after little or no relief. Besides, a few months to a year of potential side effects from accutane isn’t that daunting, since I personally have trouble with the low-dose antibiotics, including stomach aches/digestive troubles that last for the duration of their use and an extreme sensitivity to light (some are more sensitive than others while on these drugs) that basically keeps me inside unless I have sleeves and long pants.

    Just wanted to throw one more reason out there other than vanity to consider a more hard core drug to treat acne.

  47. synergy says:

    This reminds me of my landlady calling one day asking if we’d received any envelopes with her name on it. We hadn’t and then she tells me that FedEx had said they’d left it on the porch some 3 days earlier and she was looking for it because it was a medication that needed to be refridgerated. Um. Hello? It’s Texas! In the summer! Three HOURS later much less 3 DAYS later would be too late if the guy left it on the porch! Sheesh.

  48. LOUWEEZY says:

    I loathe Caremark, and am glad I now have another mail order provider. However, considering the fact that the general public is, how do I put it lightly? Um, really ignorant and uninformed, I am guessing as previously said, a necessity when it comes to packaging. Has anyone seen the recent articles about people being hospitalized & even dying because they drank tiki torch fluid & were drinking the liquid out of “glo-sticks”? huh?
    New X diswashing liquid, with lemon! But don’t drink it!
    gah, it’s enough to make your head hurt.

  49. RabbitDinner says:

    @LOUWEEZY: My favorite is the story about the prisoner who drank the hand sanitizer because it listed “alcohol” as one of the primary ingredients

  50. LOUWEEZY says:

    Hah! I remember the story. I always made jokes about the hand sanitizer I have at work that smells like Absolut Citron, & then we saw the story about people drinking(slurping) hand sanitizer cuz of it’s high alco content. :)

  51. MikeGrenade says:

    With regards to the over-the-top labeling, I have two words: Old people.

  52. MaliBoo Radley says:


    I see your old people and raise you a stupid people!

  53. Tmoney02 says:

    @MikeGrenade: @radleyas:

    And I go all in with stupid old people.

  54. bombaxstar says:

    @linbey: lol sorry but you sound like an elementary school self-esteem video.

    haha THIS POUCH!!! as opposed to THAT POUCH!!!?

  55. Bruce Bayliss says:



    The average American consumer….

  56. aaronw1 says:

    When I was on accutane, the first thing I did as soon as I got the pill refill pack was to rip them all out and put them in a regular pill bottle. On the other hand, I’ve found out that the Target generic (Claravis) had the least annoying blister packs.

  57. ZugTheMegasaurus says:

    @Linbey: Accutane is not for “vain people”; it’s for people with serious chronic acne. I had nodular acne so bad that I couldn’t even touch my face without experiencing intense pain. Hell, I couldn’t even let water in the shower hit my face directly without it hurting. That’s a serious condition. The medication was the result of necessity, not vanity.

  58. SinisterMatt says:

    This reminds me of that email that circulates around with the dumb labels. For example, on an bag of airline peanuts (that you probably had to pay for on United): Manufactured in a facility that contains nuts. LOL.

    It’s sad that we must have this kind of warnings in our lawsuit happy world.