Thursday, October 06, 2005

At last! FDA labeling update.

New rules detailing an improved format for prescription drug labels will be issued later this year, US Food and Drug Administration deputy commissioner for medical and scientific affairs Scott Gottlieb has said.

“Right now, too much important medical information is poorly accessible today or not accessible at all because we have failed to adapt for healthcare simple IT innovations that have long permeated the workplace,” he said in a presentation at the National Press Club in Washington DC.

Beginning in November 2005, healthcare professionals, patients, and other consumers will be able to access high-quality, up-to-date information on medications via the Internet free of charge through the Daily Med system, which will receive, distribute and display medication information that has been developed by Federal agencies.


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