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Does a pill imprint identifier work with all drugs?

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A pill identifier tool provides information about all approved prescription and over-the-counter drugs dispensed in pill form in the United States, including biological and homeopathic drug products, states Drugs.com. The tool cannot identify pills without imprints, such as illegal or foreign drugs, vitamins, herbs, or supplements.

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The Food and Drug Administration requires a unique imprint be present on all approved, solid, oral dosage drugs to help patients, law enforcement and health care providers ascertain the ingredients, strength and manufacturer of the product, explains Drugs.com. The pill’s color, shape and size, in combination with the manufacturer’s symbol, logo, letter, number or company name, assist in accurate identification of the substance.

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