A poll of doctors and patients demonstrated that the most popular drug forms are the gelatin capsule and the dragée. Tablets, like fluid forms such as syrups and drops, are viewed much less favorable. The popularity of the first-named two forms is attributable mainly to the fact that they are easily and pleasantly swallowed. The gelatin capsule can be regarded as the ideal administration form since it can carry a multiplicity of color combinations as well as an easily legible imprint. In this way it makes a notable contribution to drug safety.