Steve is overweight. He has been using Orlistat. Steve is going out
to dinner tonight but is not sure what would be best for him to order.
The accurate response is:
“Away from Home Guide” which clearly states that it covers “Dining Out” issues.
Some variations are acceptable:
Dining Out Guide.
In the little restaurant guide.
Calorie/fat counter/diet cards.
Where to Find Information in the Educational Materials
GP % LL %
Q48 Information on fast food restaurants
Q49 Information on setting realistic goals
Q51 Information on understanding personal eating habits
Q47 Information on snacking tips
Q50 Information on learning to navigate the grocery store
Q52 Information on the food and activity tracker
Q35 Information on fat and calories
Q26 Information on preparing meals
Q19 Information on what to order when dining out
Additional Information Included in the Package
“Ask a doctor/pharmacist” is not an acceptable answer, nor are a number of
other responses that were coded as “acceptable.” The following are so
general as to be no better than default answers:
In the booklet
In the packet
Inside the box
As many as 42 respondents gave completely inaccurate answers such as:
“Back of package / on back in drug facts; Directions on box / label;
Directions; On the label / box”
4 respondents said:
“From restaurant / ask the waiter / restaurant / consult the restaurant”
Other respondents said look in the “When using this product” section of
the Drug Facts label; or “In the inactive ingredients” section of the
label; or in the “Activity Tracker;” or simply at “The bottom of the label.”
Where to Find Information on What to Order When Dining Out
Summary and Observations
There was very high comprehension of the label Warnings.
Correct response rates concerning cyclosporine were in the 90th percentile for both the General Population and Low Literacy cohorts.
Almost all the label Directions were well understood by the General Population group and the Low Literacy group.
Only the directions concerning multivitamin use were not particularly well understood by either group.
This indicates that some modification of the Drug Facts label is needed to clarify and emphasize the instructions concerning taking multivitamins.
Summary and Observations
The lack of a warning on the Drug Facts label specifically telling consumers “Do not use if you are not overweight,” confused some participants and led them to think that use by non-overweight individuals would be acceptable.
After the completion of the label comprehension study, the Sponsor amended the Drug Facts label to include a specific Warning that states: “Do not use if you are not overweight.” This may help to alleviate the misunderstanding.
It may help consumers to make a more informed self-selection and purchase decision if there were some indication on the external packaging as to what constitutes being overweight. From the label comprehension study it seems that many people have a variety of subjective opinions about this.