Pill searches utilize an online pill identifier tool that allows individuals to enter the imprint, shape and color of the medication in question to receive matching photos, explains WebMD. Entering the drug’s name or the medical condition for which it is prescribed is another way to perform an identifying search.
The Food and Drug Administration requires that all prescription and over-the-counter pill or capsule-form medications in the United States bear a unique imprint, according to Drugs.com. The imprint may be a combination of letters and numbers, a symbol, a company logo, or company name. This marking makes it possible for consumers, law enforcement agents and health care providers to determine the name of the drug, the active ingredients, the dosage strength, and the manufacturer or distributor. Pills without imprints can be unapproved drugs, vitamins, supplements, foreign medications or illegal drugs.