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Description:This is one of two PHIL images, (see PHIL# 9132), depicting an example of an easy-open Tylenol® pill bottle. This design made it easier for those with hand strength, and grasp problems to open the bottle. The squared-off, flanged cap with its rounded edges, created a shape which had sides that one could firmly grasp, in order to prevent rotation. The larger then normal sized bottle also helped it fit better in an adult’s hands, and in the case of an arthritis patient, made it easier to close as well. Such a design illustrated how concern was paid to those with mobility impairments of the hands, but lead to a design that benefited anyone who might purchase this medication.
“The Center for Universal Design (CUD) is a national research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, buildings, outdoor and urban settings and related products.”

Universal Design Principles/Guidelines:

- Provide the same means of use for all users: identical whenever possible; equivalent when not

- Facilitate the user's accuracy and precision

- Allow user to maintain a neutral body position

- Use reasonable operating forces

- Accommodate variations in hand and grip size

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design (CUD)
Creation Date:1996
Photo Credit:Center for Universal Design
Links:North Carolina State University - The Center for Universal Design
CDC - National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
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Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.