App helps tell your colourful pills apart

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EVER wondered if you’ve popped the right pill? Now there’s an app to help. There are thousands of prescription pills but few colours and shapes to choose from, which can lead to dangerous mix-ups, especially in hospitals.
To help prevent such errors, Jesus Caban at the US National Institutes of Health and colleagues have developed software that can identify a pill from a phone camera image. Websites such as Drugs.com and WebMD have tools to help distinguish between pills but you have to type in a description, making these services too time-consuming to use in a clinical setting.

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