MEASURES to introduce warning symbols on certain drugs are backed by a Huddersfield pharmacist.
Gill Hawksworth, former president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, believed any move to make drug labelling clearer for patients should be supported.
Her comments came as a Bill calling for symbols to be introduced on medicines affecting judgement was presented to the House of Commons last week.
The Pharmaceutical Labelling Bill, still being considered by MPs, would see warning signs displayed on the packaging of drugs affecting the brain's ability to carry out certain activities.
Ms Hawksworth said: "The Royal Pharmaceutical Society supports in general clearer labelling for patients."
"It is important we do point out side effects of certain drugs where we can and advise people how to manage this."
She added: "Over-the-counter antihistamines for allergies will have side effects and it does say that on the label.
"Quite often I will ask if people are driving and people can always ask their pharmacists for advice."
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers is also supporting the bill as a way of preventing avoidable injuries and deaths.
APIL president Colin Ettinger said: "Most people are completely unaware of the hidden dangers of some commonly-used medicines and may remain unaware until their impaired judgement has caused serious injury or worse.
"Sensible people would not think of driving a car or going to work if they were under the influence of alcohol.
"But they can be taking prescription or over-the-counter medicines without realising they can have similar effects."