When was the last time that you could say something that annoyed you also saved your life? Blister packs can definitely claim that to be true!
So how could annoying little packages actually save lives? Ezekiel Emanuel explained in an article from Opinionator:
“In September 1998, Britain changed the packaging for paracetamol, the active ingredient in Tylenol, to require blister packs for packages of 16 pills when sold over the counter in places like convenience stores, and for packages of 32 pills in pharmacies. The result: a study by Oxford University researchers showed that over the subsequent 11 or so years, suicide deaths from Tylenol overdoses declined by 43 percent, and a similar decline was found in accidental deaths from medication poisonings.”
Something that really irks people should be considered a failure yet blister packs have successfully saved lives!