CA2595859C - Pharmacy bottle system - Google Patents

Pharmacy bottle system

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CA2595859C
CA2595859C CA 2595859 CA2595859A CA2595859C CA 2595859 C CA2595859 C CA 2595859C CA 2595859 CA2595859 CA 2595859 CA 2595859 A CA2595859 A CA 2595859A CA 2595859 C CA2595859 C CA 2595859C
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Deborah B. Adler
Klaus Rosburg
Patrick L. Douglas
Matthew S. Grisik
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CVS Pharmacy Inc (a Rhode Island Corp)
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Target Brands Inc
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    • GPHYSICS
    • G09EDUCATION; CRYPTOGRAPHY; DISPLAY; ADVERTISING; SEALS
    • G09FDISPLAYING; ADVERTISING; SIGNS; LABELS OR NAME-PLATES; SEALS
    • G09F3/00Labels, tag tickets, or similar identification or indication means; Seals; Postage or like stamps
    • G09F3/02Forms or constructions
    • G09F3/0288Labels or tickets consisting of more than one part, e.g. with address of sender or other reference on separate section to main label; Multi-copy labels
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D1/00Containers having bodies formed in one piece, e.g. by casting metallic material, by moulding plastics, by blowing vitreous material, by throwing ceramic material, by moulding pulped fibrous material, by deep-drawing operations performed on sheet material
    • B65D1/02Bottles or similar containers with necks or like restricted apertures, designed for pouring contents
    • B65D1/0223Bottles or similar containers with necks or like restricted apertures, designed for pouring contents characterised by shape
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D23/00Details of bottles or jars not otherwise provided for
    • B65D23/08Coverings or external coatings
    • B65D23/0842Sheets or tubes applied around the bottle with or without subsequent folding operations
    • B65D23/085Sheets or tubes applied around the bottle with or without subsequent folding operations and glued or otherwise sealed to the bottle
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61JCONTAINERS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR MEDICAL OR PHARMACEUTICAL PURPOSES; DEVICES OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR BRINGING PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS INTO PARTICULAR PHYSICAL OR ADMINISTERING FORMS; DEVICES FOR ADMINISTERING FOOD OR MEDICINES ORALLY; BABY COMFORTERS; DEVICES FOR RECEIVING SPITTLE
    • A61J2205/00General identification or selection means
    • A61J2205/20Colour codes
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61JCONTAINERS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR MEDICAL OR PHARMACEUTICAL PURPOSES; DEVICES OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR BRINGING PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS INTO PARTICULAR PHYSICAL OR ADMINISTERING FORMS; DEVICES FOR ADMINISTERING FOOD OR MEDICINES ORALLY; BABY COMFORTERS; DEVICES FOR RECEIVING SPITTLE
    • A61J2205/00General identification or selection means
    • A61J2205/30Printed labels
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61JCONTAINERS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR MEDICAL OR PHARMACEUTICAL PURPOSES; DEVICES OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR BRINGING PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS INTO PARTICULAR PHYSICAL OR ADMINISTERING FORMS; DEVICES FOR ADMINISTERING FOOD OR MEDICINES ORALLY; BABY COMFORTERS; DEVICES FOR RECEIVING SPITTLE
    • A61J2205/00General identification or selection means
    • A61J2205/50General identification or selection means using icons or symbolic figures, e.g. by a graphical representation symbolising the type of pathology or the organ by an image
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D2501/00Containers having bodies formed in one piece
    • B65D2501/0009Bottles or similar containers with necks or like restricted apertures designed for pouring contents
    • B65D2501/0081Bottles of non-circular cross-section

Abstract

A prescription pharmacy bottle (12) comprises a container (20) and a label (60). The container includes a generally planar front portion (22) having a generally rectangular shape and a generally planar back portion (28) spaced from the front portion (22). The back portion (28) has a generally rectangular shape and generally faces away in an opposite direction from the front portion (22). The label (60) is secured to the container (20) bearing printed matter related to a medication and includes a front portion (64) secured on the front portion (22) of the container (20) and a back portion (66) secured on the back portion (28) of the container (20).

Description

PHARMACY BOTTLE SYSTEM

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Virtually everyone consumes prescription pharmaceuticals at one time or another.
In each instance, the consumer is faced with a series of procedural steps and information.
The procedural steps include submitting the prescription, waiting for it, picking up the prescription, and signing applicable notices. In some cases, the prescription is modified to satisfy the demands of the patient's insurance company. A large volume of information about the patient, pharmacy, physician, and drug is provided on the prescription sticker on the bottle, juxtaposed with numerous warning or cautionary labels haphazardly placed on the bottle. Additional information is provided on one or more printed, folded sheets, which are included witli the prescription bottle.

Faced with this relatively chaotic presentation of seemingly obscure facts and requests, consumers can easily misunderstand many aspects related to their prescription.
This situation is compounded when a consumer takes several prescriptions and/or when several members of the household each have one or more prescriptions, causing the multiple instructions and warnings to become overwhelming.

In addition, conventional pharmacy bottles can be difficult to grasp when opening, particularly for patients with arthritis and/or limited joint mobility and strength.
Reduced vision also is a problem since distinguishing between multiple similar bottles requires very close inspection of the already confusing combination of the warnings and prescription label.

Given the importance of accuracy in consuming prescription medicine, the current confusion and difficulty for patient's to read and understand pharmaceutical prescription information is not acceptable.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Embodiments of the invention are directed to pharmacy bottle systems. In one embodiment, a prescription pharmacy bottle comprises a container and a label.
The container includes a generally planar front portion having a generally rectangular shape and a generally planar back portion spaced from the front portion. The back portion has a generally rectangular shape and generally faces away in an opposite direction from the front portion. The label is secured to the container bearing printed matter related to a medication and includes a front portion secured on the front portion of the container and a back portion secured on the back portion of the container.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Embodiments of the invention will be described with respect to the figures, in which like reference numerals denote like elements, and in which:

Figure 1 is a schematic illustration, including isometric views of a pharmacy bottle system including a plurality of bottles, according to an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 2A is an isometric view of a pharmacy bottle, according to an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 2B is sectional view of Figure 2A taken along lines 2B-2B.

2 Figure 3A is a plan view of a front portion of a pharmacy bottle, according to an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 3B is a plan view of a side portion of a pharmacy bottle, according to an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 3C is a plan view of a rear portion of a pharmacy bottle, according to an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 3D is an isometric view of a pharmacy bottle, according to an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 4 is a plan view of a pharmacy bottle schematically illustrating a partially applied label, according to an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 5A is a plan view of a pharmacy bottle label, according to an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 5B is a plan view of a pharmacy bottle label, according to an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 6 is plan view of a pharmacy label system, according to an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 7 is partial plan view of a pharmacy label system, according to an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 8 is a block diagram of a control monitor of a prescription label system, according to an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 9A is a plan view of a front portion of a pharmacy bottle, according to an embodiment of the invention.

3 Figure 9B is a plan view of a side portion of a pharmacy bottle, according to an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 9C is a plan view of a rear portion of a pharmacy bottle, according to an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 10 is an isometric view of a plurality of pharmacy bottles, according to another embodiment of the invention.

Figure 11A is a plan view of a rear portion of a pharmacy bottle, according to an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 11B is a plan view of a side portion of a pharmacy bottle, according to an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 12 is a plan view of a front portion of a pharmacy bottle, according to another embodiment of the invention.

Figure 13A is a plan view of a front portion of a pharmacy bottle, according to an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 13B is a plan view of a side portion of a pharmacy bottle, according to an embodiment of the inverition.

Figure 13C is a plan view of a rear portion of a pharmacy bottle, according to an embodiment of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

In the following detailed description, reference is made to the accompanying drawings, which form a part hereof, and in which is shown by way of illustration specific embodiments in which the invention may be practiced. In this regard, directional

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5 PCT/US2005/019401 terminology, such as "top," "bottom," "front," "back," "leading," "trailing,"
etc., is used with reference to the orientation of the Figure(s) being described. Because components of embodiments of the present invention can be positioned in a number of different orientations, the directional terminology is used for purposes of illustration and is in no way limiting. It is to be understood that other embodiments may be utilized and structural or logical changes may be made without departing from the scope of the present invention. The following detailed description, therefore, is not to be taken in a limiting sense, and the scope of the present invention is defined by the appended claims.

Embodiments of the invention are directed to a pharmacy bottle system and label system that significantly enhances a consumer's experience in filling a prescription at a retail pharmacy. In one embodiment, a pharmacy bottle system comprises a container, label, color ring, and a cap. The bottle container is sized and shaped to hold a medication from a prescription, such as pills, syrup, or other forms of medication. The bottle container includes a pair of generally flat, relatively large surfaces on opposite sides of the container for bearing the label, thereby making the label substantially easier to read.
The label is configured for placement as a single piece or separate pieces, depending upon the type or size of the bottle container, to cover both of the opposite faces of the bottle container. Each label differentiates between types of information by segregating the different types of information onto different areas of the container and/or onto different areas of the label. In one embodiment, warning information is placed on a second portion of the label that is applied to a back portion of the bottle container, while conventional prescription information, such as patient name, drug name, physician name etc. is placed on a first portion of the label that is applied to a front portion of the bottle container. In one aspect, this arrangement of the location of the different types of information becomes fixed from prescription to prescription, so that a particular type of prescription-related information (e.g., drug name, warnings, patient name) is found at a fixed, dedicated location on the label and/or portion of bottle container each time a consumer fills a prescription.

In another embodiment, information on a portion of the label (e.g., a front portion or back portion) is further differentiated into primary information such as patient name, drug name and dose, and usage instructions and secondary information such as physician name/address, pharmacy name/address, etc. The primary information is presented in larger and/or bolder fonts, spaced away from secondary information, so that primary information conspicuously stands out to the consumer. In another embodiment, primary information is placed at an upper portion of the label and bottle container since it is the information most often required and used, with secondary information placed at a lower portion of label and bottle container to reflect its less frequent use.

In one embodiment, a bottle container is configured with a reverse orientation so that when a prescription label is applied to the container, the bottle appears right side up when its cap is in contact with a support surface (e.g., counter or table) and the container extends vertically upward from the cap in a manner that would initially appear to be upside down. The label on the bottle is configured with its text oriented to be read on the label with the bottle in this reverse orientation (e.g., cap down, container up). In one aspect, at least one face of the bottle container (that displays the label) is tilted slightly at an angle (relative to a vertical plane), so that the label can be read more easily when the

6 bottle is supported on its cap, or held by a patient, in the reverse orientation (e.g., cap down, container up).

In one embodiment, a resilient, flexible colored ring is removably mounted around a mouth of the bottle container with different color rings being used by a pharmacy to aid consumers in distinguishing among prescriptions for different family members or among multiple types of medications for an individual. Each family member, or each type of medication, is assigned a different color.

In one embodiment, a bottle container and label are configured to form a slot on a back portion (or front portion) of the pharmacy bottle for removably receiving a patient information card within the slot. In another embodiment, a magnifying tool is substituted for the information card. In one aspect, the slot is oriented to enable slidable insertion and removal of the patient information card, and sized and shaped to enable a small portion of the card to protrude out of the slot (when fully inserted within the slot) to unobtrusively draw attention to the presence of the patient information card.

A label applied to the bottle container, the patient card, as well as other labels and printed information associated with filling prescriptions is provided by a label system.
The label system comprises a complete integrated set of labels,, sheets, and cards that is generated for each prescription by the pharmacist to expedite processing the prescription.
In one embodiment, the label system is generated and customizable by a control monitor, via a user interface, operable by the pharmacist or retail administration. The label system also includes information such a patient monograph or other items that is generated along with the other labels, sheets, and cards when filling a prescription, so that the label

7 system provides a single tool for producing all printed information used to process a prescription.

In another embodiment, different types of bottles enable different ways to enhance readability of printed information and patient handling of the bottles. Each of the different types of bottles in embodiments of the invention are used with the same label system, which is already adapted for application to the different types of bottles without requiring specific customization of the label each time a different type of bottle is used.

These embodiments and other embodiments of the invention are described and illustrated in greater detail in association with Figures 1-13C.

As shown in Figure 1, in one embodiment, pharmacy bottle system 10 comprises a plurality of bottles 12 with a cap 14 and ring 50 on each bottle 12. Each bottle 12 comprises a container 20 and a label 60. Container 20 comprises front portion 22, side portion 24, spine portion 26, rear portion 28, and mouth 40. Mouth 40 includes opening 43 and threaded neck 42 for threadably engaging cap 14 to cover opening 43.

As shown in Figure 1, labe160 is adhesively secured to container 20. Label 60 comprises a mechanism to display all prescription related information on a face of bottle 12, including patient information, drug information, physician information, retail pharmacy information, etc which is strategically distributed throughout front portion 64, spine portion 65, and back portion 66 of labe160.

In addition, back portion 66 of label 60 and back portion 28 of container 20 form a slot 69 which is adapted to removably receive information card 68, such as a patient information card which provides more extensive information, such as side effects,

8 detailed manner of use, contraindications, pill description, etc. Information card 68 is sized and shaped to be removably insertable into slot 69, either as a single sheet or folded sheet. In one embodiment, slot 69 is oriented laterally so that information card 68 is slidable laterally relative to rear portion 66 of container 20, in a direction generally transverse to a longitudinal axis of container 20 (shown as line A in Figure 3A). This orientation causes information card 68 to protrude slightly outward from slot 69, as shown in Figures 1 and 2A, making information card 68 easily noticeable by a consumer in a manner that does not obscure the faces of label 60 nor detract from the overall function (e.g., does not obstruct operation of cap 14) and appearance of bottle 12.

Container 20 presents a unique combination of different shapes, surfaces, and features in one bottle 12. First, bottle 12 stands upright on a support surface 11, such as a table or counter, by placing cap 14 down onto the support surface 11 to cause container to extend upwardly from support surface 11. In this orientation, spine portion 26 is considered a top of bottle 12 while cap 14 (which covers a mouth of bottle 12) is 15 considered a bottom of bottle 12. From the standpoint of a conventional pharmacy bottle, this feature causes pharmacy bottle 12 to appear upside-down in orientation.
However, this seemingly upside-down orientation of bottle 12 is actually a right-side-up orientation and maximizes readability of labe160 on container 20 and presents unique ways of handling a pharmacy bottle 12, as further described below. Moreover, this right-side-up 20 orientation can be achieved by manually holding bottle 12 with spine portion 26 in a relatively higher position relative to cap 14 so that labe160 on bottle 12 can be read in an orientation from the spine portion 26 toward cap 14.

9 Second, in one embodiment, front portion 22 and back portion 28 of container define a substantially planar surface that is rectangularly shaped, thereby defining a generally flat, broad surface especially suited for reading information on label 60. For example, this surface enables display of information in a manner in which all of the printed information on that surface can be read without turning or rotating bottle 12. In one embodiment, front portion 22 and back portion 28 of container 20 each extend at a slight angle relative to a vertical plane (shown as vertical plane V in Fig.
2B), so that when cap bottle is set on a support surface 11 (via cap 14), front portion 22 and back portion 28 are tilted slightly upward to improve readability of label 60. This easy-read tilting feature is enabled by the size, shape, and position of side portions 24, relative to front portion 22 and back portion 24 of container 20.

Third, as shown in Figure 1 (and 2A-2B) side portions 24 of container 20 are generally trapezoidally shaped, being interposed between front portion 22 and back portion 28. Each side portion 24 has a top portion 25A that is positioned adjacent to and that is joined to spine portion 26 of container 20, a top portion of front portion 22 of container 20, and a top portion of back portion 28 of container 20. Each side portion 24 also has a base portion 25B that is positioned adjacent to and that is joined to mouth 40 of container at a bottom portion of front portion 22 of container 20 and a bottom portion of back portion 28 of container 20. In one embodiment, base portion 25B of each side portion 24 is relatively longer than a length of top portion 25A of each side portion 24, thereby producing the easy-read tilt feature of bottle 12. In one embodiment, the relative length between top portion 25A and base portion 25B is selected to produce a desired degree of tilt, which partially determines tilt angles (al, a2, and a3) illustrated in Figure 2B. Accordingly, the generally trapezoidal shape of side portions 24 contributes to the easy-read tilt feature of front and back portions 22 and 28 of container 20.

Fourth, as shown in Figure 1, relatively broad, substantially planar front and back portions 22, 28 of container 20 also enable a bottle 12 to be set down onto a support surface 11 without the bottle 12 rolling along the support surface 11. In particular, the breadth and relative flatness of front portion 22 or back portion 28 prevent rolling of bottles when either one of those front or back portions 22, 28 are placed directly on support surface 11.

Spine portion 26 of container 20 comprises a slightly curved surface, providing a junction between front portion 22, back portion 28 and side portions 24. Side portions 24, front portion 22, and back portion 28 also join each other adjacent mouth 40.

Bottle 12 comprises multiple distinct profiles, depending upon the view taken of bottle 12, with each profile uniquely enhancing a patient's experience with bottle 12. In a first view, in which a consumer directly faces front portion 22 or back portion 28 of container 20, bottle 12 has a wide profile and generally flat, rectangular appearance. In a second view, in which a consumer directly faces either one of side portions 24 of container 20, bottle 12 has a narrow profile and a generally flat, trapezoidal appearance (or generally cone-shaped appearance). Bottle 12 also includes at least one more distinct profile that is seen when directly facing spine portion 26, which reveals a relatively narrow profile.

Accordingly, the combination of these three distinct profiles presents a radically different pharmacy bottle, with the distinct profiles contributing to the enhanced presentation of prescription-related information to the patient, as well as handling, storage, and retrieval of the bottle, as further described throughout this application.

In one embodiment, front portion 22 and back portion 28 are generally symmetric with each other regarding a size and general shape (e.g., generally rectangular) and side portions 24 are generally symmetric with each other regarding a size and general shape (e.g., generally trapezoidal). In another embodiment, front portion 22 and back portion 28 are generally asymmetric with each other regarding a size or a general shape and side portions 24 are generally asymmetric with each other regarding a size or a general shape.

In one embodiment, bottle 12 comprises ring 50. Ring 50 encircles a portion of threaded neck 42 and includes a color component for uniquely distinguishing between different bottles 12. In one embodiment, one color ring 50 represents a first type of medication while a second color ring represents a second type of medication.
In another embodiment, one color ring 50 represents a first member of a patient's family while a second, different colored ring 50 represents a second member of the same patient's family. Additional uniquely colored rings can represent additional types of medication or additional family members, respectively. In another embodiment, different colored rings represent other parameters useful for uniquely identifying each single bottle among a plurality of bottles 12. In another embodiment, ring 50 is not mounted to bottle 12 for using color differentiation via ring 50. In another embodiment, ring 50 is removably mounted to bottle 12 but comprises a neutral color that does not differentiate between different bottles, such as the color of container 20. Accordingly, ring 50 further contributes to easy-to-follow presentation of information to the patient and others.

In addition to the benefits of the placement'and orientation of label 60 on the various surfaces of container 20, label 60 includes additional features. In one embodiment, label 60 includes front portion 64, spine portion 65, and back portion 66.
Front portion 64 of label 60 comprises, among other things, a patient identifier and a drug identifier while back portion 66 comprises warnings. Spine portion 65 comprises a patient identifier or drug identifier, as shown in Figure 4.

The segregation of the different types of information onto different portions of label 60, and therefore onto different portions of bottle 12, contribute to patient readability of pharmacy bottle 12. In one embodiment, front portion 64, spine portion 65, and back portion 66 of label 60 directly correspond to front portion 22, spine portion 26, and back portion 28 of container 20, respectively, to cause viewing of each type of information on bottle 12 on a separate face of bottle 12. In addition, front portion 64, spine portion 65, and back portion 66 of label 60 present three different readable faces of bottle 12 that are generally perpendicular to each other. Two of the faces, front portion 64 and back portion 66 of label 60, when applied to container 20, face in opposite directions relative to bottle 12, and hence are at a generally 180 degree angle relative to each other. Accordingly, in one embodiment, container 20 presents a three-faced container 20, with each face being generally perpendicular to each other so that in coordination with the three distinct portions of label 60 (e.g., front portion 64, spine portion 65, and back portions 66), bottle 12 provides three distinct, highly segregated reading surfaces for patient. This feature enhances separation of prescription-related information onto different areas of bottle 12. Moreover, once a pharmacist or retailer designates one of the faces (e.g., a back face) of container 20 for a particular type of information (e.g. warning), the patient can rely on the same type of information being presented at that location of bottle 12 whenever a prescription is filled from that pharmacist or retailer. This feature reduces patient confusion, since a patient no longer has to search over the face of a conventional pharmacy bottle to determine where each piece of information is located in order to be able to coherently read the information on the pharmacy bottle.

In addition, in another embodiment, label 60 includes additional features for segregating information to ease patient readability of bottle 12. For example, as seen in Figure 1, front portion 64 of label 60 includes a drug identifier (e.g., a drug name in Fig.

1 or AMOXYCILLIN in Fig. 2A) that is presented in a large font, substantially larger than a font on front portion 64 to facilitate quick differentiation of one pharmacy bottle 12 relative to other pharmacy bottles 12. In one embodiment, as shown in Figures 1 and 2A, a drug identifier is also configured in a bold font, in contrast to a normal font for other information on front portion 64 of label 60. In another embodiment, a drug identifier additionally comprises a colored text or a background having a color or grey-level intensity (e.g., grey shading) that is different than a color or shading of a background of other information (e.g., white) on front portion 64 of label 60 to further distinguish drug name on front portion 64 of label 60.

In one embodiment, spine portion 65 of label 60 is blank, as shown in Figure 1 and 2A to relieve the patient of viewing too much information. In another embodiment, spine portion 65 of label 60 comprises a drug identifier and/or patient identifier in a prominently displayed, large font, as further illustrated in association with Figure 4. This feature enables easy differentiation of one pharmacy bottle 12 from another based on a type of prescription or patient identity when viewing bottle 12 from a viewing angle on spine portion 26, particularly where viewing front portion 64 or back portion 66 of label 60 is not possible or less convenient to patient.

Back portion 66 of labe160 comprises warnings extending horizontally across back portion 66 in a stacked, generally parallel arrangement. As shown in Figure 1, in one embodiment, one or more warnings include a pictogram, icon, or other symbol (e.g., a square, triangle, circle, etc.) unique to a particular warning or condition, and that is positioned immediately to the left of the text of the warning, thereby providing an easy visual message to the reader. These symbols are particularly useful for consumers having limited reading ability, because of language challenges or eyesight problems.
Additional aspects of label 60 will be described in more detail, particularly in association with Figures 4-7, and more generally in association with Figures 2-13C.
Accordingly, the full combination and interaction of the container, ring, label, and cap present an entirely different experience for a patient to use a pharmacy bottle, according to the embodiments of the invention. Figures 3A-13C present additional aspects of these embodiments.

Figures 2A-2B further illustrate the easy-read tilt feature of front portions and back portions 22 and 28 of bottle 12, respectively. Figure 2A is an isometric view of bottle 12 with label 60 and Figure 2B is a sectional view of Figure 2A taken along lines 2B-2B.

In one embodiment, as shown in Figure 2B, a first angle (al) between the front portion 22 and a generally vertical plane (shown as line V in Figure 2B), and a second angle (a2) between back portion 28 of container 20 and a generally vertical plane (V), is about 5 degrees while third angle (a3) is about 10 degrees. The first angle (al) between front portion 22 and the generally vertical plane (V), and the second angle (a2) between back portion 28 and a generally vertical plane (V) are substantially identical. In another embodiment, the first angle (al) and second angle (a2) can be larger or smaller than about 5 degrees to achieve a desired degree of vertical tilt of front portion 22 and back portion 28 to adjust readability of label 60. In one embodiment, angles (al) and (a2) are about 2 to 20 degrees while angle (a3) is about 4 to 40 degrees.

In another embodiment, the first angle (al) between front portion 22 relative to a generally vertical plane (V) and the second angle (a2) between back portion 28 relative to a generally vertical plane (V) are different from each other, thereby enabling one of the back portion 28 or the front portion 22 to extend at less of an angle relative to a generally vertical plane (V) and the respective other front portion 22 or back portion 28 to extend at a more of angle relative to that generally vertical plane (V). This feature enables favoring readability of one of the front portion 22 or back portion 28 (with a greater tilt angle) relative to the respective front portion or back portion 28 (with a lesser tilt angle).
Accordingly, as shown in Figure 2B, the generally trapezoidal shape of side portions 24 cause front portion 22 of container 20 and back portion 28 of container 20 to be oriented to converge with each other adjacent spine portion 26 of container 20 and to be oriented to diverge relative to each other adjacent mouth 40 of container 20.

Figures 2A-2B also further illustrate features relating to removable insertion of patient information card 68, and its protrusion from slot 69 in its fully inserted state. As shown in Figure 2B, back portion 28 of container 20 further comprises recess 90 having recess surface 99 and edges 92 and 96. Recess surface 99 is a depression fonned in the surface of back portion 28 of container 20. Back portion 66 of label 60 is secured onto back portion 28 of container 20 wherein a substantial potion of back portion 66 extends over recess surface 99, thereby forming slot 69. Recess surface 99 is sized -and shaped, and has a depth relative to the remainder of back portion 28 of container 20 and relative to a thickness of information card 68, to enable slidable reception of information card 68 (when recess 90 is covered by back portion 66 of label 60). Recess 90 is further described and illustrated in association with Figure 3C.

As shown in Figure 2B (and Figure 3B), third angle (a3) is formed within container 20 between front portion 22 and back portion 28, with spine portion generally defining a vertex of that angle. This third angle expresses a general convergence of front portion 22 and back portion 28 adjacent spine portion 26.
In addition, front portion 22 and back portion 28 of container 20 (expressed by width W2) are relatively wide surfaces, being substantially wider than a width of cap 14 or opening 43 of mouth 40. Along with the general convergence of front portion 22 and back portion 28 of container 20 near spine portion 26 (due to the generally trapezoidal shape of side portions 24), this wide-bottle arrangement enables grasping of container 20 between a thumb and fingers of one hand with the thumb on one of front portion 22 or back portion 28, and the fingers placed on a respective one of front portion 22 or back portion 28. This opposed thumb-forefinger grip is easier for some people suffering from reduced mobility and flexibility in their hands and fingers, as compared to gripping of a conventional generally cylindrical pharmacy bottle with a fist-type gripping action.
Moreover, when the consumer grasps cap 14 in their other hand to begin removing cap 14, the relatively wide surface of front portions 22 and back portions 28 enable the full width of fingers to be spread across those surfaces, enabling greater leverage to rotate cap 14 relative to container 20, or vice versa. In particular, the ability to exert forces at distances further away from an axis of rotation (A) of container 20 and cap 14 reduces the amount of hand force required to cause rotational motion necessary to rotate cap relative to threaded neck 42 of mouth 40 of container 20.

As also shown in Figure 2B, mouth 40 of container 20 further comprises collar 70, neck 72, and shoulder 74. Collar 70 is formed as part of threaded neck 42 while shoulder 74 defines a junction between mouth 40 and the remainder (e.g., a body) of container 20 via neck 72. Ring 50 slidably fits over threaded neck 42 (including collar 70) onto neck 72, and is held in place at that location by collar 70, shoulder 74 and a compressive force of ring 50 exerted on neck 72. In one embodiment, ring 50 is made from a resilient, elastomeric material or stretchable polymeric material. An interior of cap 14 threadedly engages threaded neck 42 of mouth 40 to secure cap 14 in place over opening 43 and while an exterior of cap 14 to act as a base to contact support surface 11 (as shown in Figure 1 and 2A) to support container 20 in a generally vertically upright position (e.g., an upside-down orientation for a conventional pharmacy bottle).
Figures 3A-3D illustrate additional features of bottle 12, according to an embodiment of the invention.

As shown in Figures 3A-3C, front portion 22 of container 20 and back portion of container 20 are opposite to, and spaced from each other while side portions 24 are opposite to, and spaced from each other. In addition, spine portion 26 and mouth 40 are opposite to, and spaced from each other.

As shown in Figures 3A-3C, in one embodiment bottle 12 further comprises array 80 of protrusions 82 on each side portion 241ocated adjacent base portion 25B
of side portions 24. Each protrusion 82, and the entire protrusion array 80, are not limited to the geometrical configuration and shapes shown in Figure 3B (e.g. a vertically stacked group of linear ridges), and can comprise other shapes (e.g., protrusions that are round, triangular, square, etc.) and other grouped configurations (e.g., cross pattern, concentric circle, irregular patterns, etc.). In another embodiment, other embodiments such as pharmacy bottle 12 shown in Figures 1-2A include protrusion array 80 in a manner substantially the same as in Figures 3A-3C.

Figure 3C is a plan view of a back portion 28 of container 20, and illustrates additional aspects of recess 90 and back portion 28. Figure 3D is an isometric view further illustrating the features and attributes described in association witll Figures 3A-3C.

As shown in Figure 3C, recess 90 comprises upper edge 92, inner edge 94, lower edge 96, outer edge 98, and recess surface 99. Edges 92 and 94 define upper and lower boundaries of recess 90 while inner edge 94 defines a lateral boundary of recess 90.
Accordingly, recess 90 extends only partially laterally across a width of back portion 28 of container 20, terminating at inner edge 94. Outer edge 98 joins with an outer side of side portion 24 to partially form an opening of slot 69 (when label 60 is present). As further shown in Figure 3C, back portion 28 includes upper contact portion 100 side contact portion 102, and lower contact portion 104 which together surround recess 90.
Portions 100-102 define a single or separate contact surfaces for adhesively securing back portion 66 of label 60 to back portion 28 of container 20, thereby enabling extension of a portion of back portion 66 of label 60 over recess 90 to form slot 69 in bottle 12.

In one embodiment, back portion 28 of container 20 also comprises lip 85, which forms a protrusion on bottom portion 104 of back portion 28. Lip 85 enables precise placement of label 60 so that label 60 is properly aligned on back portion 28, particularly to enable placement of a non-stick portion of label 60 over recess 90, as will be further described in association with Figures 6-7.

Inner edge 94 of recess 90 prevents further sliding movement of an information card 68 laterally inward through slot 69, thereby helping to removably secure information card 68 in slot 69. This arrangement also causes the outer side of card 68 to protrude slightly outward from slot 69 (when card 68 is properly sized).

As shown in Figure 3C, upper edge 92 and lower edge 96 of recess 90 define guides to help maintain lateral motion of information card 68 in and out of slot 69, and to maintain information card 68 within slot 69. In one embodiment, a distance between a back of back portion 66 of labe160 (e.g., non-stick portion 296 in Figure 7), and recess 99, is selected to be large enough to enable slidable movement of information card 68 within slot 69, but snug enough to help retain information card 68 via frictional engagement and/or simple surface contact.

Figure 4 is a plan view of a bottle 12 with a label 60 partially applied to container 20, according to an embodiment of the invention. Figure 4 schematically illustrates placement of a single piece label 60 onto a container 20. In this example, back portion 66 of label 60 is adhesively secured to back portion 28 of container 20, and then label 60 is wrapped around container 20 by guiding spine portion 65 of label 60 onto spine portion 26 of container 20 (Fig. 3B) and front portion 64 of labe160 onto front portion 22 of container 20 for adhesive securing thereon. One feature of a single piece wrap-around label 60 is that any text on back portion 66 of labe160 is oriented at a 180-degree angle relative to text or images on front portion 64 of label 60. This reverse orientation or upside-down orientation of text of front portion 64 relative to back portion 66 enables the wrap-around application of labe160 to be secured onto two different opposite surfaces, each surface facing 180 degrees relative to each other.

Figure 4 also further illustrates differentiation of different types of information on label 60 to enhance patient readability of labe160. As shown in Figure 4, front portion 64 of labe160 comprises patient identifier 132, drug identifier 140, dose identifier 142, usage identifier 144, prescription data 146, and vendor data 148. In one embodiment, patient identifier 132 and drug identifier 140 are printed in a bold, large font positioned near a top portion of front portion 64 of label 60 so that they will appear adjacent a top region of front portion 28 of container 20, substantially as shown in Figures 1-2A. In one embodiment, dose identifier 142 and usage identifier 144 are positioned below patient identifier 132 and drug identifier 140 in a plain font (i.e., not bolded) of a smaller size than the font of patient identifier 132 and drug identifier 140. Other information which is of less immediate concern to the patient is positioned adjacent a bottom area of front portion 64 of label 60, such as prescription data 146 (e.g., physician name, expiration date, refills, etc) and/or vendor data 148 (e.g., name/address of retail pharmacy), which are also printed in smaller, plain font (as additionally shown in Figure 2A).
In one embodiment, front portion 64 of label 60 comprises primary information printed at the top region (e.g. drug identifier 140, and patient identifier 132) and secondary information at bottom region (e.g. vendor data).

The positioning of different types of information and types of text and font on label 60 can be modified and/or selected via control monitor 400, as further described in association with Figure 8.

As shown in Figure 4, rear portion 66 of label 60 comprises caution header 118, warning one 120, warning two 122, and warning three 124. These warnings typically relate to dangers associated with side effects such as dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, etc. as well as concerns relating to consuming certain foods or alcohol while taking a medication. In one embodiment, one or more warnings include a symbol 125 (e.g., sign, pictogram, letter, etc) to provide a non-text indicator of the nature of the warning adjacent symbol 125. Substantially similar warnings and symbols are also illustrated in Figure 1.
Spine portion 65 of label 60 comprises drug identifier 130 and/or patient identifier. In one embodiment, identifier 130 is in bold, large font letters to enhance quick identification of one bottle 12 relative to other bottles 12.

In one embodiment, front portion 64 has a height (H4) generally equal to a height (146). Spine portion 65 has a height (H5). In one embodiment, height H4 and height H6 are substantially equal to each other and height (H5) is substantially less than height H4 or H6. Label 60 has a width (W3) that is generally equal to a width of front portion 22 and/or back portion 28 of container 20. .

Figures 5A and 5B are plan views which illustrate additional aspects of label and label 170 (e.g., a smaller version of label 60), according to an embodiment of the invention. As shown in Figure 5A, label 60 comprises a printed surface having an adhesive backing except for non-stick portion 180 (shown in dashed lines). Non-stick portion 180 includes outer edge 182, inner edge 184, lower edge 186, and upper edge 188. Edge 190 of back portion 66 of labe160 designates an edge at an opposite side of outer edge 182 of non-stick portion 180. In one embodiment, non-stick portion 180 has a width (W4) that extends laterally across a majority of the width (W3) of back portion 66 of label 60 to create sufficient lateral depth to form slot 69 (Fig. 1) for receiving information card 68. At the same time, this width (W4) of non-stick portion 180 enables side adhesive portion 194, of back portion 66 of label 60, to provide adhesive attachment of back portion 66 of labe160 to side portion 102 of back portion 28 of container 20 (Fig.

3C). Bottom adhesive portion 192 of back portion 66 of label 60 is also sized and shaped (having a height H8) for adhesive attachment to bottom portion 104 of back portion 28 of container 20 (Fig. 3C).

Non-stick portion 180 extends vertically across a majority of the height of back portion 66 (having a height H7) to create sufficient vertical space for slot 69 (Fig. 1) for receiving information card 68.

In one embodiment, label 60 is sized and shaped for larger pharmacy bottles, such as 30 dram and 60 dram bottles, while label 170 is sized and shaped for smaller pharmacy bottles, such as 15 dram. Accordingly, label 170 comprises substantially the same attributes and features of label 60, except being proportionally smaller to accommodate a smaller bottle size.

In one embodiment, label 60 includes a separation line 198 (also later identified as line 285 in Figure 6) to enable separation of front portion 64 of label 60 from back portion 66 and spine portion 65 of labe160 to enable placement of label 60 on a 60 dram pharmacy bottle in a split arrangement. In this embodiment, front portion 64 of label 60, once separated from back portion 66 and spine portion 65, is placed on a front portion of a large pharmacy bottle and back portion 66 and spine portion 65 are placed on a back portion of the large pharmacy bottle, as will be described further in association with Figures 9A-9C.

Figure 6 is a plan view of a label system 200, according to an embodiment of the invention. As shown in Figure 6, label system 200 comprises adhesive label sheet 202 and paper sheet 204 joined via anchor mechanism 206. Label system 200 is stocked as a blank sheet and insertable into a printer via insertion edge 208 to enable printing of prescription information onto label sheet 202 and paper sheet 204. Label sheet 202 is an adhesive label suited for receiving printing on its face and having an adhesive backing that is releasably secured to a non-stick sheet while paper sheet 204 is a conventional paper sheet suitable for pririting information thereon.

Paper sheet 204 comprises receipt 246, patient information card 250, and drug monograph 260 (or other detailed synopsis) divided by separable seams 262 to enable separation of receipt 246, patient information card 250, and drug monograph 260 from each other. In one embodiment, patient information card 250 corresponds to patient information card 68 (e.g., Figs. 1 and 2A).

Label sheet 202 comprises first bottle label 220, second bottle label 222, bag tag 224, refill label 226, unit-of-use label 228, acknowledgement label 240, HIPPA
label 242, and prescription tag 244.

In one embodiment, first bottle label 220 and second bottle labe1222 have substantially the same features and attributes as label 60 and label 170 as described in association with Figures 1-5B. In another embodiment, label 220 and 222 have features and attributes determined by control monitor 400, as described in association with Figure 8.

As shown in Figure 6, first bottle label 220 is sized and shaped for larger and medium sized bottles, such as 60 dram and 30 dram bottles. First bottle label comprises front portion 280, spine portion 282; back portion 284 including non-stick portion 286. These components are described in greater detail in association with Figure 7. In one embodiment, a separation line 285 enables separation of front portion 280 relative to back portion 284 and spine portion 282 for application of front portion 280 to a front portion of a bottle separate from application of back portion 284 (and spine portion 282) on a back portion of a bottle. In one embodiment, front portion 280, spine portion 282, and back portion 284 of label 220 correspond directly to front portion 64, spine portion 65, and back portion 66 of label 60, as previously described and illustrated in association with Figures 1-5B.

Second bottle label 222 is sized and shaped for smaller-sized bottles, such as a 15 dram bottle. Second bottle label 222 comprises front portion 290 spine portion 292, and back portion 294 including non-stick portion 296. These components are described in greater detail in association with Figure 7. In one embodiment, a separation line 295 enables separation of front portion 290 relative to back portion 294 and spine portion 292 for application of front portion 290 to a front portion of a bottle separate from application of back portion 294 (and spine portion 292) onto a back portion of a bottle.
In one embodiment, front portion 290, spine portion 292, and back portion 294 of labe1222 correspond directly to front portion 64, spine portion 65, and back portion 66 of label 60 and label 170, as previously described and illustrated in association with Figures 1-5B.
Bag tag label 224 includes retail-sorting information and is removable for adhesive placement on a retail bag for identifying the bag with a particular patient and prescription. Refill label 226 includes retail information relating to processing refill prescriptions. Unit-of-use label 228 is sized and shaped for application to smaller single dose packaging, such as liquid vials, eye droppers, etc., and includes basic prescription information (e.g., patient, drug name, and dose) and/or usage instructions, but is not limited to those types of information.

Acknowledgement label 240 comprises a mechanism for the patient to acknowledge receipt of the drug and/or confirmation of instructions on how to take the drug. HIPAA label 242 comprises a notice to the patient, which the patient countersigns, regarding confidentiality and sharing of patient information. Prescription tag 244 is a label used in-house by the pharmacist or technician for handling the prescription.

In use, a pharmacist or technician enters or recalls patient and prescription information into a control module (via a graphical user interface) and then directs printing of that information onto label system 200. The various labels and information sheets/cards are separated from each other and/or removed from label system 200 for placement on bottles, bags, etc, or used for internal retail purposes.
Accordingly, label system 200 enables generating a comprehensive set of information to fill and deliver a prescription to a consumer in an efficient, highly readable and organized manner, thereby improving consumer use of the prescription and retail delivery.

Figure 7 is a partial view of Figure 6, schematically illustrating back portion 294 of label 222 folded over on top of front portion 290 of label 222 at separation line 295 as back portion 294 and spine portion 295 have been releasably removed from the non-stick sheet underlying label 222. As shown in Figure 7, this maneuver reveals non-stick backing portion 298 and open portion 299, which directly corresponds in size, shape, orientation, and placement of non-stick portion 296 (shown in phantom in Figure 6) of label 222. As further shown in Figure 7, the back side of label 222 comprises non-stick portion 296 and adhesive portion 297. Adhesive portion 297 directly corresponds in size, shape, orientation, and placement of non-stick portion 298 of the backing sheet. Non-stick portion 296 of label 222 corresponds to the portion of a label (e.g., label 60) that extends over a recess on a back portion of a pharmacy bottle to form a slot for removably receiving a patient information card, as previously described and illustrated in association with Figures 5A-5B. In one embodiment, non-stick portion 296 of labe122 extends only partially across a width of back portion 294 of label 22. In another embodiment, non-stick portion 296 of label 22 extends across the entire width of back portion 294 of label 222.

Figure 8 is a block diagram of a control monitor 400, according to an embodiment of the invention, that is viewable and operable via a user interface of a computer system (not shown) for controlling printing of label system 200 (shown in Figure 6) including what types of information are printed, how the information is organized, etc.
as expressed through selectable parameters of control monitor 400. Accordingly, control monitor 400 enables a pharmacist or other operator to customize label system 200 (shown in Figures 6-7) to meet changing regulations, retail practices, and consumer preferences.
In one embodiment, parameters of control monitor 400 can be applied to affect one or more other parameters of control monitor 400 on a parameter-by-parameter basis, or by groups of parameters, at the discretion of the operator of control monitor 400, as applicable based on the type of parameter being applied or controlled. In another embodiment, parameters of control monitor 400 can be applied to affect one or more labels, sheets, or portions of a label or sheet on a label-by-label basis, on a sheet-by-sheet basis or by groups of labels and/or sheets, at the discretion of the operator of control monitor 400.

As shown in Figure 8, control monitor 400 comprises general module 402, plain paper module 404, label module 406, and data module 408. Control monitor 400 also represents a memory in which control monitor 400 is stored for use with a computer system, and control monitor 400 includes but is not limited to software, hardware, firmware, and other known forms of electronic memory.

General module 402 comprises size parameter 410, shape parameter 412, location parameter 414, orientation parameter 416, non-stick parameter 418, plain parameter'420, separation parameter 422, border parameter 424, anchor parameter 426, and side parameter 428. General module 402 also comprises font module 440, which includes color parameter 442, size parameter 444, type parameter 446, symbol parameter 448, orientation parameter 450, and spacing/border parameter 452.

General module 402 controls general aspects of label system 200 as a whole or as individual portions of label system 200. In one embodiment, one or more of these parameters such as size, shape, orientation of labels, and other general parameters can be pre-programmed or selected for a particular state or region, so that a-pharmacist or technician need not select those parameters each time that a prescription is filled.

Size parameter 410 and shape parameter 412 separately control the size and shape, respectively, of a label or other portion (e.g., sheet, card, anchor, non-stick portion, etc.) of a label system, such as label system 200. Location parameter 414 and orientation parameter 416 separately control the location and orientation, respectively, of a label or other portion (e.g., sheet, card, anchor, non-stick portion, etc.) of a label system, such as label system 200.

Non-stick portion 418 and plain parameter 420 separately control which portions of label system 200 will be non-stick portions (e.g., non-stick portion 296 in Figure 7) of an adhesively backed label or region (e.g., adhesive portion 297 of labe1222 of Figure 7) and which portions of label system 200 will be plain paper portions (e.g., monograph 260 in Fig. 6), respectively, relative to adhesive label portions of label system 200.

Separation parameter 422 and border parameter 424 separately control creation of separation lines and borders, respectively, between adjacent labels or other adjacent portions (e.g., sheet, card, anchor, non-stick portion, etc.) of a label system, such as label system 200. Anchor parameter 426 controls the creation, location, and the nature of anchor points or seams (e.g., anchor mechanism 206 in Fig. 6) between adjacent portions (e.g., label sheet 202 and paper sheet 204) of a label system, such as label system 200.
Side parameter 416 controls whether or not printing of information occurs on one or both sides of a label or paper sheet of a label system 200.

As shown in Figure 8, general module 402 also comprises font module 440, which includes color parameter 442, size parameter 444, type parameter 446, symbol parameter 448, orientation parameter 450, and spacing/border parameter 452.
Font module 440 controls various aspects of printing on a label system via, but not limited to, the following parameters. Color parameter 442, size parameter 444, type parameter 446, and symbol parameter 448 separately control the color, size, type of font, and symbols, respectively, of any printed matter on a label system, such as label system 200.
Orientation parameter 450 controls the orientation (e.g., vertical, horizontal, angled, upside down, right side up, etc.) of any printed matter on a label system, such as label system 200. Spacing/border parameter 452 controls the spacing and/or borders between adjacent portions of printed matter to enhance patient differentiation between different types of information on a label system, such as label system 200.

As shown in Figure 8, paper module 404 comprises receipt parameter 454, information card parameter 456, and monograph parameter 458. Paper module 404 controls printing matter on plain paper sheets that form portions of a label system, such as paper portion 204 of label system 200 of Figure 6. Paper module 404 can activate or deactivate inclusion of plain paper sheets as part of label system 200.
Receipt parameter 454 of plain module 404 controls selective inclusion of a receipt as part of label system 200. Information card parameter 456 controls selective inclusion of an information card, such as patient information card 68 (Fig. 1), as part of a label system 200 generated via control monitor 400. Monograph parameter 458 controls selective inclusion of a monograph or other patient information sheet, such as sheet 260 (Fig. 4), as part of a label system generated via control monitor 400.

Upon activation of one or more parameters of paper module 404, various aspects of printed matter, including its content and appearance, are further customizable or controllable via data module 408 and/or general module 402.

Label module 406 of control monitor 400 comprises large parameter 460, small parameter 462, front parameter 464, back parameter 466, spine parameter 468, and bottle-type parameter 470. Label module 406 also comprises acknowledgement parameter 472, unit-of-use parameter 474, notice parameter 476, prescription info parameter 478, refill parameter 480, bag-tag parameter 482, and other parameter 484.

Large parameter 460, small parameter 462, separately control pre-programmed parameters for large label sets and for small label sets, such as large bottle label 220 and small bottle label 222 of label system 200 (Fig. 6), respectively. Front parameter 464, back parameter 466, and spine parameter 468, control various aspects (e.g., inclusion, relative sizing and shapes, etc.) of a front portion, back portion, and spine portion of a label, such as label 220 or label 222 of label system of Figure 6. Bottle-type parameter 470 controls generating labels to fit a particular type of bottle upon selection of the bottle type by the operator, via cooperation with other parameters of label module 406 and via cooperation with general module 402. In one embodiment, bottle-type parameter enables pre-selection of an entire family of parameters in label module 406 and general module 402 of control monitor 400 to generate a label system, such as label system 200, suited for a respective type of bottle, including but not limited to, a first type of bottle (e.g., bottle 12 in Figs. 1-3D), a second type of bottle (e.g., bottle 500 in Figs. 9A-9C), and a third type of bottle (e.g., bottles 600,700 in Figs. 10-13C).

Data module 408 of control monitor 400 controls which data, and where and how that data is expressed as printed matter on a label system for a bottle. Data module 408 enables control over entry, storage, retrieval, and display of this data for use in manipulating parameters of various modules, including data module 408, of control monitor 400. As shown in Figure 8, data module 408 comprises patient parameter 490, drug parameter 491, usage parameter 492, dose parameter 493, warning parameter 494, additional parameter 495, physician parameter 496, vendor parameter 497, and regulation parameter 498.

Patient parameter 490 of data module 408 controls patient data such as name, address, phone, identification number(s), etc. while drug parameter 491 controls drug data such as drug name, drug supplier, etc. Usage parameter 492 controls data relating to proper usage of a drug while dose parameter 492 controls data relating to the prescribed dose of a drug. Warning parameter 494 controls data relating to cautions and warnings associated with a drug or other interacting substance/liquid. Additional parameter 495 enables an operator of control monitor 400 to add additional relevant data to a label or label system, on a case-by-case basis.

As shown in Figure 8, physician parameter 496 of data module 408 controls data relating to physician name, physician address, etc., while vendor parameter 497 controls data relating to the name, location, phone, and logo (or other marketing aspect) of a vendor that dispenses the drug in one of their retail locations (e.g., pharmacy department of a Target store). Regulation parameter 498 shapes which data is used and how it is used on a label generated by control monitor 400 by designating, incorporating, and/or applying local, county, state, and/or federal regulations in the manner of using or displaying data on a pharmaceutical bottle, label, packaging, etc.

Accordingly, control monitor 400 enables generating a label system, including an entire family of labels, sheets, and other types of printed matter for placement on and use with pharmacy bottles, as described and illustrated throughout this application.

Figures 9A-9C comprise plan views of a pharmacy bottle 500, according to an embodiment of the invention. As shown in Figure 9A, pharmacy bottle 500 comprises front portion 502, side portion 504, back portion 506, bottom portion 508 and top portion 510 with shoulder 512. Front portion 502, side portions 504, and back portion 506 each define a generally rectangularly shaped surface and a generally planar surface. Pharmacy bottle 500 also comprises mouth 40 with opening 43 and threaded neck 42, as well as collar 70 and neck space 72. In one embodiment, pharmacy bottle 500 comprises protrusion array 80 on one or both side portions 504. In another embodiment, pharmacy bottle 500 comprises side portions 504 without a protrusion array 80.

As shown in Figures 9A-9C, bottle 500 comprises slot 532 for removably receiving card 530, in a manner substantially the same as the interaction of slot 69 with patient information card 68 in p'reviously described embodiments of the invention. Slot 532 is defined by recess 540 and back portion 522 of label 515.

Front portion 502 receives a front portion 520 of a label 515, while back portion 506 of bottle 500 receives a back portion 522 and spine portion 524 of label 515. Front portion 520, spine portion 524, and back portion 522 of label 515 comprises generally the same features and attributes of label 60, 170 as previously described and illustrated in association with Figures 1-5B. However, Figures 9A-9C further illustrate the separation of front portion 520 of label 515 from spine portion 524 and back portion 522 of label 515 to enable placement on the larger size bottle (60 dram) that has a different shape and right-side up orientation when a bottom portion 508 of bottle 12 is placed on a support surface 11.

Figure 10 is an isometric view of pharmacy bottles 600, according to an embodiment of the invention, with the bottle 600 on the left primarily showing a front portion 602 and side portion 606 of bottle 600 and the bottle 600 on the right primarily showing a back portion 604 and side portion 608 of the bottle 600. Front portion 602, back portion 604, and side portions 606, 608 each define a generally rectangularly shaped surface, and with front portion 602 and back portion 604 also forming a generally planar surface. As shown in Figure 10, pharmacy bottle 600 comprises a container also including a bottom portion 610, as well as cap 14 and/or ring 50, as previously described in association with Figures 1-4 and 9A-9C.

Label 640 on bottle 600 forms a slot 650 for removably receiving a patient information card 652, in a manner substantially the same as for the embodiments of Figures 1-3 and 9A-9C. In one embodiment, patient information card 640 coiresponds to patient information card 250 of label system 200 (shown in Figure 6).
Formation of slot 650 is described in more detail in association with Figure 11A.

As shown in Figure 10, pharmacy bottle 600 comprises protrusion 620. In one embodiment, protrusion 620 comprises a ring 621 formed in an elongated, annular pattern and that is raised from a surface 624 of side portions 606, 608. Ring 621 defines a recessed surface 622. In one embodiment, recessed surface 622 receives a label 630 from label system 400 for placement within ring of protrusion 620. Locating a label, such as one bearing a vendor identifier, patient identifier, drug identifier, and/or physician identifier, within protrusion 620 makes display of the label 630 more prominent, drawing attention to the information recessed within the protrusion. In one embodiment, protrusion 620 also can be used to aid gripping bottle.

In other embodiments, protrusion 620 is not strictly limited to the elongated ring 620, but can include other shapes and configurations, such as a rectangular shaped protrusion, a circular shaped protrusion, an elliptical-shaped protrusion, a triangular-shaped protrusion, etc. Finally, in another embodiment, bottle 12 does not include protrusion 620 on side portions 606 and 608.

As shown in Figure 10, label 640 comprises a front portion 642 adhesively secured to front portion 602 of bottle 600 and a back portion 644 adhesively secured to back portion 604 of bottle 600. Label 640 has substantially the same features and attributes of labels of label system 200 of Figure 6. In one embodiment, labe1640 is selected as label 222 from label system 200 in which front portion 290 of labe1222 corresponds to front portion 642 of label 640 and back portion 294 and spine portion 295 of labe1222 corresponds to back portion 644 of labe1640. In one embodiment, label 222 is generated from control monitor 400 to omit spine portion 295 so that back portion 644 of label 640 corresponds only to back portion 294 of label 222 with spine portion 295 not defining an area interposed between back portion 294 and front portion 290 of labe1222.
In addition, when labe1640 is selected as the type of labe1222 from label system 200 (Figure 6), front portion 642 is separated from back portion 644 before application to bottle 600 via a separation line corresponding to separation line 295 of labe1222 (Fig. 6).
Accordingly, this embodiment further illustrates the ability of labe1222 (or label 220) having a single printed configuration to be used in a split arrangement on one type of bottle, such as bottle 600 shown in Figure 10, and to be used as a single piece label on a second type of bottle, such as bottle 12 in Figure 4, in which the labe160 (corresponding to label 220,222 from Figure 6), is wrapped around the surfaces of bottle 12 while maintaining the entire labe1222 as one piece.

Figure 11A is a plan view of a rear portion of bottle 600, according to an embodiment of the invention. As shown in Figure 11A, rear portion 604 of bottle 600 comprises recess 660, upper contact portion 670, and lower contact portion 672. Upper contact portion 670 and lower contact portion 672 are disposed on opposites sides of, and surround, recess 660. Rear portion 604 is sized and shaped to receive adhesive attachment of a label, such as rear portion 284 of label system 200 (Figure 4), onto upper contact portion 670 and lower contact portion 672 with the remainder of the rear portion of the label extending over recess 660 as further explained below. Recess 660 is formed as a depression in the surface of rear portion 604 to enable formation of slot 650 (shown in Figure 10), in a manner substantially the same as for the formation of slots in the embodiments of Figures 1-3, and 9A-9C, to enable receipt of a patient information card 640. In one embodiment, as shown in Figure 11A, recess 660 on rear portion 604 of bottle 600 extends laterally across the entire width of the face of rear portion 604. This feature enables the patient information card (e.g., patient information card 250 shown in Figure 6 or patient card 68 in Figure 1) to extend out either lateral side of the recess (left or right side of the bottle), thereby enabling greater flexibility in inserting and/or removing the patient information card relative to the slot (e.g. slot 650). In addition, this feature enables relatively larger patient information cards to be inserted into a slot with a full lateral width recess, since the patient information card can protrude out both sides of the slot, if necessary, to help accommodate the larger sized patient information card.

Moreover, in other embodiments, a recess that extends laterally across the entire width of rear portion of a bottle (such as rear portion 604 of bottle 600) can be substituted for the recess in the embodiments of Figures 1-3D, Figures 9A-9C, and/or Figures 13A-13C which extends laterally only partially across the entire width of the rear portion of those respective embodiments.

In another embodiment, the recess 660 that extends laterally across the entire width of rear portion 604 of bottle 600 can be replaced with a recess, such as recess 90 (Fig. 3C), recess 760 (Fig. 13C) and other recesses, in the embodiments of Figures 1-3D, Figures 9A-9C, and/or Figures 13A-13C which extends laterally only partially across the entire width of the rear portion of those respective embodiments. Accordingly, in this embodiment of bottle 600, recess 660 would extend only partially across the face of rear portion 604.

Figure 11B is plan view of one side of bottle 600, that represents either side portion 606 or side portion 608 (Figure 10) of bottle 600, further illustrating protrusion 620 and surface 624. In one embodiment, side portions 606 and 608 are substantially the same as each other in size, shape, orientation, and overall configuration.

In another embodiment, side portions 606 and 608 are dissimilar to each other.
As shown in Figure 12, one aspect of this embodiment includes side portion 606 including protrusion 620, substantially as shown in Figure 11B, and side portion 608 including side portion 652 having a generally flat surface with curved edges, such as a curved upper edge 654, a curved lower edge 656, and a curved side edge 658.

Figures 13A-13C are plan views of a pharmacy bottle 700, according to an embodiment of the invention. As shown in Figures 13A-13C, bottle 700 comprises front portion 702, back portion 704, side portions 706 and 708, and top portion 712.
Bottle 700 has substantially the same features and attributes as bottle 600, previously described in association with Figures 10-12, except for differences relating to a greater height of bottle 700 and the relative proportion of features on the front portion 702, back portion 704, and side portions 706, 708. In one aspect, recess 760 has substantially the same features and attributes of recesses previously described in association with Figures 1-3D
and 9A-12 relating to formation of a slot (e.g., slot 650 in Fig. 10) in combination with a label, such as label 640 in Fig. 10, to enable slidable insertion and removal of a patient information card, such as patient information card 652 of Figure 10 relative to the slot.

In one embodiment, each side portion 706, 708 comprises a protrusion 720, including ring 721 and surface 722, and surface 718, having substantially the same features and attributes as side portions 620 of bottle 600 of the embodiment of Figure 10, except for the difference ring 720 being relatively smaller in proportion to an increased surface 718 on side portions 706, 708 relative to a larger total surface area of surface 718 on bottle 700. In another embodiment, only one side portion of the two side portions 706, 708 comprises a protrusion 720. In another embodiment, bottle 700 comprises no protrusions 720 on either one of side portions 706, 708.

Embodiments of the invention significantly enhance a patient's experience in becoming informed about a prescription directly from the prescription bottle and significantly enhance a retail pharmacy's ability to consistently fill and deliver the prescription in a manner that maintains the patient's satisfactory experiences with a pharmacy purchase.

Although specific embodiments have been illustrated and described herein, it will be appreciated by those of ordinary skill in the art that a variety of alternate and/or equivalent implementations may be substituted for the specific embodiments shown and described without departing from the scope of the present invention. This application is intended to cover any adaptations or variations of the specific embodiments discussed herein. Therefore, it is intended that this invention be limited only by the claims and the equivalents thereof.

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:
1. A prescription pharmacy bottle comprising:
a container including:

a generally planar front portion having a generally rectangular shape; and a generally planar back portion spaced from the front portion, the back portion having a generally rectangular shape, and generally facing away in an opposite direction from the front portion; and a label secured to the container bearing printed matter related to a medication and including:

a front portion secured on the front portion of the container;
a back portion secured on the back portion of the container.
2. The pharmacy bottle of claim 1 comprising:

a pair of side portions opposite to and spaced from each other, with each side portion extending between the front portion of the container and the back portion of the container and having a generally rectangular shape, wherein the front portion of the label and the back portion of the label comprise separate, unconnected portions of the label.
3. The pharmacy bottle of claim 1 comprising:

a pair of side portions opposite to and spaced from each other, with each side portion extending between the front portion of the container and the back portion of the container and having a generally trapezoidal shape to cause the front portion of the container and the back portion of the container to extend at an angle relative to a vertical plane, wherein each side portion includes a top portion having a length less than a bottom portion so that an upper portion of the front portion of the container and an upper portion of the back portion of the container are oriented toward convergence with each other and so that a lower portion of the front portion of the container and a lower portion of the back portion of the container are oriented toward divergence from each other.
4. The pharmacy bottle of claim 1 wherein the container comprises:

a spine portion interposed between the front portion of the container and the back portion of the container, and wherein the label comprises a spine portion interposed between the front portion of the label and the back portion of the label and secured to the spine portion of the container.
5. The pharmacy bottle of claim 4 wherein the front portion, back portion, and spine portion of the label form a one-piece label that is secured onto the container via wrapping the label around the front portion, the spine portion, and the back portion of the container, respectively.
6. The pharmacy bottle of claim 4 wherein the front portion and the spine portion of the container are generally perpendicular to each other, and the back portion and the spine portion of the container are generally perpendicular to each other, to cause each of the front portion, the back portion, and the spine portion of the label to be readable from three different directions wherein the adjacent directions are generally perpendicular to each other.
7. The pharmacy bottle of claim 4 wherein the container comprises an opening disposed between the front portion of the container and the back portion of the container opposite to and spaced from the spine portion of the container, the opening adapted to removably receive a cap to cover the opening.
8. The pharmacy bottle of claim 7 wherein the front portion of the label and the back portion of the label include text that is oriented to be readable in an right-side-up orientation on the container when the cap is in a lower vertical position than the spine portion of the container via at least one of:

setting the cap on a support surface to cause the container to extend vertically upward away from the support surface; and holding the container manually so that the spine portion of the container is vertically elevated relative to the cap.
9. The pharmacy bottle of claim 4 wherein a spine portion of the label is interposed between the back portion of the label and the front portion of the label and comprises at least one of patient identifier and a drug identifier.
10. The pharmacy bottle of claim 1 wherein, prior to securing of the label onto the container, the front portion of the label includes a first printed matter and the back portion of the label includes a second printed matter, wherein the first printed matter has a 180 degree opposite orientation of the second printed matter.
11. The pharmacy bottle of claim 1 and further comprising a slot defined between a back portion of the container and the back portion of the label, the slot sized and shaped for removably receiving at least one of an information card and a magnifying tool in the slot.
12. The pharmacy bottle of claim 11 wherein the container comprises a pair of side portions opposite to and spaced from each other, with each side portion extending between the front portion of the container and the back portion of the container; and wherein the slot is defined by a space between a recess in the back portion of the container and a non-stick portion of the back portion of the label that extends over the recess, wherein the recess is generally rectangular-shaped and extends at least partially laterally across the back portion of the container with the recess having at least one outer edge adjacent one of the side portions of the container to form a first opening of the slot.
13. The pharmacy bottle of claim 12 wherein slot is sized, shaped, and oriented to enable the information card or the magnifying tool to protrude at least partially out of the slot laterally relative to a longitudinal axis of the container, when either of the information card or magnifying tool is fully inserted within the slot.
14. The pharmacy bottle of claim 12 wherein the recess extends entirely across the back portion of the container, and the at least one outer edge of the recess comprises two outer edges of the recess with each outer edge adjacent one of the opposite side portions of the container to form the first opening of the slot adjacent one of the side portions and a second opening of the slot adjacent the other of the side portions of the container.
15. The pharmacy bottle of claim 14 wherein the recess is surrounded by at least one contact portion of the back portion of the container, the contact portion being adapted to receive adhesive portions of the back portion of the label.
16. The pharmacy bottle of claim 15 wherein the at least one contact portion of the back portion of the container comprises two contact portions disposed on opposite sides of the recess.
17. The pharmacy bottle of claim 11 wherein the back portion of the label is independent of the information card and includes warning information, and the warning information on the back portion of the label is viewable independent of whether the information card is inserted into the slot.
18. A prescription pharmacy bottle comprising:
a container including:

a generally planar front portion having a generally rectangular shape; and a generally planar back portion spaced from the front portion, the back portion having a generally rectangular shape, and generally facing away in an opposite direction from the front portion; and a pair of side portions opposite to and spaced from each other, with each side portion extending between the front portion of the container and the back portion of the container, each side portion having a generally trapezoidal shape;
and a label secured to the container bearing printed matter related to a medication and including:

a front portion secured on the front portion of the container;

a back portion secured on the back portion of the container; and a slot defined between a back portion of the container and the back portion of the label, the slot sized and shaped for removably receiving, in a lateral orientation relative to a longitudinal axis of the container, at least one of an information card and a magnifying tool in the slot.
19. A prescription pharmacy bottle comprising:
a container including:

a front portion having a generally rectangular shape;

a back portion spaced from the front portion, the back portion having a generally rectangular shape, and generally facing away in an opposite direction from the front portion; and a spine portion interposed between the front portion of the container and the back portion of the container; and a label secured to the container bearing printed matter related to a medication and including:

a front portion secured on the front portion of the container;
a back portion secured on the back portion of the container a spine portion interposed between the front portion of the label and the back portion of the label and secured to the spine portion of the container, wherein the front portion, back portion, and spine portion of the label form a one-piece label that is secured onto the container via wrapping the label around the front portion, the spine portion, and the back portion of the container, respectively.
20. The pharmacy bottle of claim 19 wherein the container comprises an opening disposed opposite from the spine portion of the container, and a cap removably securable on the opening, wherein the front portion of the label and the back portion of the label include text that is oriented to be readable in a right-side-up orientation on the container when the cap is in a relatively lower position than the spine portion of the container via at least one of:

setting the cap on a support surface to cause the container to extend vertically upward away from the support surface; and holding the container manually so that the spine portion of the container is oriented relative to the cap to enable reading the label from the spine portion toward the cap.
21. The pharmacy bottle of claim 1 and further comprising:

a colored ring configured for removably securing adjacent an opening of the container, wherein the colored ring is selected from a plurality of colored rings with each colored ring comprising a different color.
22. A prescription pharmacy bottle comprising:
a container including:

a generally planar front portion having a generally rectangular shape;
a generally planar back portion spaced from the front portion, the back portion having a generally rectangular shape and generally facing away in an opposite direction from the front portion; and a pair of side portions opposite to and spaced from each other, with each side portion extending between the front portion of the container and the back portion of the container, each side portion comprising at least one of a generally rectangular shape and a generally trapezoidal shape, wherein the front portion and the back portion are configured for adhesive placement of a medication-related label on the front portion and the back portion of the container.
23. The pharmacy bottle of claim 22 wherein each side portion comprises the generally rectangular shape and the front portion of the container and the back portion of the container are generally parallel to each other.
24. The pharmacy bottle of claim 22 wherein each side portion comprises the generally trapezoidal shape to cause the front portion of the container and the back portion of the container to extend at an angle relative to a vertical plane.
25. The pharmacy bottle of claim 24 wherein each side portion includes a top portion having a length less than a bottom portion so that an upper portion of the front portion of the container and an upper portion of the back portion of the container are oriented toward convergence with each other and so that a lower portion of the front portion of the container and a lower portion of the back portion of the container are oriented toward divergence from each other.
26. The pharmacy bottle of claim 22 wherein the container comprises:

a spine portion interposed between a top portion of the front portion and the back portion, and wherein the spine portion is configured for adhesive placement of a portion of the medication-related label on the spine portion of the container.
27. The pharmacy bottle of claim 26 wherein the front portion and the spine portion of the container are generally perpendicular to each other, and the back portion and the spine portion of the container are generally perpendicular to each other.
28. The pharmacy bottle of claim 26 wherein the container comprises an opening disposed between the front portion and the back portion of the container opposite to and spaced from the spine portion of the container, the opening adapted to removably receive a cap to cover the opening.
29. The pharmacy bottle of claim 28 wherein the spine portion and the cap are configured relative to one another to cause the bottle to have a right-side-up orientation when the cap is in a lower vertical position than the spine portion of the container via at least one of:

setting the cap on a support surface to cause the container to extend vertically upward away from the support surface; and holding the container manually so that the spine portion of the container is vertically elevated relative to the cap.
30. The pharmacy bottle of claim 29 wherein the bottle, when placed in the right-side-up orientation, is configured to enable readability of the prescription-related label on both the front portion of the container and the back portion of the container.
31. The pharmacy bottle of claim 22 wherein a size and shape of the front portion of the container and the back portion of the container are generally symmetrical relative to each other and a size and shape of the side portions of the container are generally symmetrical relative to each other.
32. The pharmacy bottle of claim 22 wherein the container comprises:

a recess portion having a generally rectangular shape and extending laterally at least partially across the back portion of the container with the recess portion having at least one outer edge adjacent one of the side portions of the container; and a contact portion that generally surrounds the recess portion and is sized and shaped to receive for adhesive placement of the medication-related label on the contact portion, wherein the recess portion and the contact portion of the back portion of the container are configured relative to each other to cause a portion of the medication-related label to extend over and be spaced from the recess portion of the back portion of the container.
33. The pharmacy bottle of claim 32 wherein the recess portion extends entirely across the back portion of the container, and the at least one outer edge of the recess comprises two outer edges of the recess portion with each outer edge adjacent one of the opposite side portions of the container.
34. The pharmacy bottle of claim 22 wherein the container comprises an opening adjacent an end of the front portion of the container and of the back portion of the container wherein the front portion of the container and the back portion of the container have a width that is substantially greater than at least one of the opening of the container and a cap covering the opening of the container.
35. The pharmacy bottle of claim 22 and further comprising:

a colored ring configured for removably securing adjacent an opening of the container, wherein the colored ring is selected from a plurality of colored rings.
36. The pharmacy bottle of claim 22 wherein the container comprises:

at least one protrusion disposed on at least one of the side portions of the container.
37. The pharmacy bottle of claim 36 wherein the at least one protrusion comprises an array of protrusions.
38. The pharmacy bottle of claim 36 wherein the at least one protrusion is raised from a surface of the side portion and defines a recessed surface within the protrusion.
39. A pharmacy bottle comprising:
a container having:

a generally planar front portion having a generally rectangular shape; and a generally planar back portion spaced from the front portion, the back portion having a generally rectangular shape and generally facing away in an opposite direction from the front portion;

a pair of side portions opposite to and spaced from each other, with each side portion extending between the front portion of the container and the back portion of the container and having a generally trapezoidal shape to cause the front portion of the container and the back portion of the container to extend at an angle relative to a vertical plane;

a spine portion interposed between the front portion and the back portion, with the front portion and the spine portion of the container being generally perpendicular to each other, and the back portion and the spine portion of the container being generally perpendicular to each other; and an opening disposed between the front portion and the back portion of the container opposite to and spaced from the spine portion of the container, the opening adapted to removably receive a cap to cover the opening, wherein the front portion, the back portion, and the spine portion of the container are configured for adhesive placement of a medication-related label on the front portion, the back portion, and the spine portion of the container.
40. A pharmacy bottle comprising:

a container configured to receive a medication and having an opening; and a colored ring removably securable on the container adjacent the opening, the colored ring selectable from a plurality of colored rings with each colored ring comprising a different color.
41. The pharmacy bottle of claim 40 wherein the colored ring is made of a resilient, elastomeric material enabling the colored ring to be selectively slipped on and off the opening of the container, and wherein each different color comprises at least one of a family member identification and a medication-type identification.
42. A label for a prescription pharmacy bottle, the label comprising:
a first portion adapted for securing to a front portion of a bottle;

a second portion adapted for securing to back portion of a bottle; and a printed information on the label relating to a medication, the printed information including:

a first type of information including prescription-related information including, but not limited to, a drug identifier and a patient identifier;

a second type of information including at least one of a drug identifier and a patient identifier; and a third type of information including warning information, wherein the first type of information is always positioned in the first portion of the label and the third type of information is always positioned on the second portion of the label, and wherein the first type of information is printed at a 180 degree opposite orientation of the second type and third type of information.
43. The label of claim 42 wherein the label comprises:

a third portion interposed between the first portion of the label and the second portion of the label, wherein the second type of information is always positioned on the third portion of the label.
44. The label of claim 43 wherein the first portion, second portion, and third portion of the label form a one-piece label that is configured to be secured onto the container via wrapping the label around a front portion, a back portion, and a spine portion of the bottle, respectively, wherein the spine portion of the bottle is generally perpendicular to each of a front portion of the bottle and a back portion of the bottle.
45. The label of claim 43 wherein label is printed in one-piece and the first portion of the label is separable from the second portion and the third portion of the label so that the first portion of the label is securable on the front portion of the bottle and the second portion of the label and the third portion of the label are securable on the back portion of the bottle.
46. The label of claim 42 wherein the label comprises an adhesively backed surface extending along the entire label except for a non-stick portion positioned along the second portion of the label, wherein the non-stick portion is generally rectangularly shaped and extends from an edge of the second portion of the label at least partially across an entire width of the second portion of the label.
47. The label of claim 46 wherein the non-stick portion of the label extends across an entire width of the back portion of the label.
48. The label of claim 46 wherein the non-stick portion of the label is sized, shaped, and oriented for placement to extend over a recess portion of a back portion of a bottle to enable formation of a slot between the non-stick portion of the label and the recess portion of the back portion of the bottle.
49. The label of claim 42 wherein the first type of information includes primary information and secondary information, wherein the secondary information includes at least one of a pharmacy identifier, a physician identifier, and the primary information is printed in a first font that is larger, and bolder than a second font of the secondary information, and wherein the primary information is spaced from the secondary information.
50. The label of claim 49 wherein the warning information of the third type of information comprises at least one warning relating to use of the medication associated with the label, and the at least one warning is oriented horizontally and each at least one warning includes at least one of a symbol, icon, or pictogram signaling a non-textual indication of a nature of the at least one warning.
51. A label system for a processing a pharmacy prescription, the label system comprising:

a label portion including at least one prescription pharmacy bottle label, a information privacy notice label, and a patient acknowledgement label; and a non-label plain paper portion releasably anchored to the label portion, and including at least one of a patient receipt, a patient information card, and a drug monograph, wherein the non-label plain paper portion is configured to be separated from the label portion to enable the patient information card to be removably secured to a prescription pharmacy bottle in cooperation with the at least one prescription pharmacy bottle label.
52. The label system of claim 51 wherein the at least one prescription pharmacy bottle label comprises a first-sized prescription pharmacy bottle label and a second-sized prescription pharmacy bottle label that is substantially identical to the first-sized prescription pharmacy bottle label, except being smaller in size than the first-sized prescription pharmacy bottle label.
53. The label system of claim 51 wherein the at least one prescription pharmacy bottle label comprises an adhesively backed surface extending along the entire at least one prescription pharmacy bottle label except for a non-stick portion positioned along the second portion of the at least one prescription pharmacy bottle label, wherein the non-stick portion is generally rectangularly shaped and extends from a side edge of the at least one prescription pharmacy bottle label at least partially across an entire width of the at least one prescription pharmacy bottle label.
54. The label system of claim 51 wherein the at least one prescription pharmacy bottle label comprises a first portion, a second portion, and a third portion, wherein the first portion has a first right-side-up reading orientation and the second portion has a second right-side-up reading orientation that has a 180 degree opposite orientation relative to the first right-side-up reading orientation.
55. The label system of claim 54 wherein the at least one prescription pharmacy bottle label is configured for application to a pharmacy bottle, the pharmacy bottle including a first information viewing surface, a second information viewing surface and a third information viewing surface, wherein the first information viewing surface is generally perpendicular to the second information viewing surface and the second information viewing surface is generally perpendicular to the third information viewing surface, with the second information viewing surface interposed between the first and third information viewing surfaces, and the first portion of the at least one prescription pharmacy bottle label is configured for application to the first information viewing surface of the bottle, the second portion of the at least one prescription pharmacy bottle label is configured for application to the second information viewing surface of the bottle, and the third portion of the at least one prescription pharmacy bottle label is configured for application to the third information viewing surface of the bottle.
56. A control monitor for processing a pharmacy prescription label, the control monitor comprising:

general module for generating a label system including at least one label portion and at least one plain paper portion;

a label module configured for controlling a number, type, and orientation of a plurality of components of the at least one label portion on the label system, including controlling printing of a prescription pharmacy bottle label;

a plain paper module configured for controlling a number, type, orientation of a plurality of components of the at least one plain paper portion on the label system; and a data module for controlling entry, storage, retrieval, and printing of data relating to printed matter on the at least one label portion and the at least one plain paper portion of the label system, wherein the control monitor is stored within a memory.
57. The control monitor of claim 56 wherein the general module controls a plurality of parameters affecting at least one of a single component of the label system or a group of components of the label system, the plurality of parameters including at least one of:
a size parameter;

a shape parameter;

a location parameter;

an orientation parameter;
a non-stick parameter;

a plain paper parameter;
a separation parameter;
a border parameter;

an anchor parameter; and a side parameter.
58. The control monitor of claim 56 wherein the general module controls a plurality of parameters affecting at least one of a single component of the label system or a group of components of the label system, the plurality of parameters including at least one of:
a font color parameter;

a font size parameter;
a font type parameter;
a symbol parameter;

a font orientation parameter; and a spacing-border parameter.
59. The control monitor of claim 56 wherein the plain paper module includes a plurality of parameters including at least one of:

a receipt parameter;

an information card parameter; and a monograph parameter.
60. The control monitor of claim 56 wherein the label module includes a plurality of parameters including at least one of:

a large label parameter;
a small label parameter;

a label front portion parameter;
a label back portion parameter;

a label spine portion parameter;
a bottle type parameter;

an acknowledgement label parameter;
a notice label parameter;

a refill label parameter;
a unit-of-use parameter;

a prescription tag parameter; and a retail bag label parameter.
61. The control monitor of claim 56 wherein the data module includes a plurality of parameter relating to the data and including at least one of:

a patient parameter;
a drug parameter;

a usage parameter;
a dosage parameter;
a warning parameter;
a physician parameter;

a retail vendor parameter; and a regulation parameter.
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