Where can I buy a set of plastic screw caps for medicine bottles?
The pharmacist can often provide a standard screw cap but sometimes
they don't have the right size.
I'm assuming the threads and sizes of medicine bottle caps are
It should be possible with care to cut the outer free rotating cap from
the actual bottle closure.
The final result might not look as pretty but should function perfectly
as a standard cap.
My wife has a similar problem accessing her arthritis medications (own
goal by the pharmacists!) and once the caps are slackened by me, she
just leaves the caps on loosely.
I'm not sure how your cutting modification works.
There's a way of putting a drawing pin in the top or through the side
which then stops the clicky mechanism. It can work reasonably well
though it's not brilliant and the drawing pin can get rusty if the
bottle contains liquid.
However, rather than do all this I thinks it's easier to just buy a
set of bottle screw caps.
Then you should be able to move the modified cap to the new bottle or if
the threads are different, modify the new one until you have a complete set
That might work but I found there was quite a gap between the inside of
the outer cap, and the outside of the inner cap. Superglue needs the
exclusion of air to make it set and really only works well on gaps under
The ratchet and grip mechanism works solely on the top surface of the
cap and would need flooding with glue.
Cutting off the outer cap is really easy.
Did not work, your idea is better till I think of something else, with
turps bottles I cut off the protrusion that fouls the lid.
If I had kids around I might do it differently but probably not,just
keep away from kids,another annoyance is tablets in those pop out
blisters, the main problem is popping them all in to a bottle once a
month.very few tablets deteriorate to any great extent with a month in a
I hate blister packs, which seem to have a built in catapult mechanism that
shoots the tablet off who knows where. I recently found a little gizmo from
RNIB that you place the blister over the top of an pull a handle down which
ejects the tablet into a little receptacle. Problem is the person who uses
it says sometimes a circle of foil is also put into the little device.
I used to be able to get ordinary screw bottles cheap from the local vet,
but now they put the medication into child proof bottles as well, makes
sense, but I'm sure somebody somewhere must make thes old type ones.
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Never seen them, but plenty of containers on eBay.
Or herb/spice jars.
If for someone vulnerable, what about pill organisers?
I don't always transfer the contents because I wonder if some liquid
meds are may be very particular about what the bottle is made of.
I would think glass would be okay but I have one ?100 a bottle liquid
med which is supplied in a squishy white plastic bottle, so perhaps
glass has some drawback in this case.
As the bottles are never supposed to have their contents transferred
to another container and generally now come from the manufacturer in
pre-sealed containers or blister packs there is no reason why they
should use common caps or threads. (The pre-packaging was introduced
in 1998 when the EU prohibited the use of tablet counters for counting
and dispensing bulk packaged tablets).
There is at least one UK manufactured medicine which is routinely taken
from the manufacturer's supplied bottle of 28 and put into a different
bottle with a child-resistant. Some pharmacies absolutely insist on
doing this and won't take arthritis or other difficult as a reason not
to - Boots has frequently been reported as one that does insist.
It strikes me as utter madness on so many levels. Not least cost of
doing it in terms of staff time and the bottle, possibility of
contamination, exposure to light, humidity and oxygen, ...
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