What is 5R?


Right Patient          


  • Make sure the patient's name is written on the label.  
  • Do not share medicines.
  • Store medicines out of reach of small children
  • Store medicines for pets separately.


Right Medicine


  • Read the label to make sure the medicine which is going to be consumed is correct. 
  • When getting a new medicine which name is unfamiliar, ask if it is a generic.
  • When refilling prescription, make sure that the medicine looks the same as before. If it does not, ask if it is a different brand.
  • Put on your eyeglasses and turn on the lights to read label.
  • For OTC medicines or supplements, read the ingredients list.
  • Know the name of all the medicines prescribed to you.
  • Know what medicines are used for.


 Right Dose


  • Read the directions on the label.
  • Know how many tablets or doses should be taken each day.
  • Know how long the medicine should be continued.
  • Know the abbreviations for tablespoon and teaspoon.
  • Use a medicine measuring cup or spoon for liquid, rather than a household spoon.
  • Taking extra medicine is not always better. Always follow the dosage instructions.


Right Route


  • Read the label.
  • Make sure you know the proper way to take / use your medicines.
  • Remember that not all tablets should be swallowed. Know if the tablet can be chewed, crushed, dissolved or if it should be swallowed whole.


 Right Time


  • Follow the label.
  • Know if the medicine should be taken at a specific time of day.
  • Know if the medicine will interact with food or other medicines.
  • Take medicine at the same time each day.
  • Know what to do if a dose is missed.