FDA Aims To Invigorate Sluggish Drug-Labeling Overhaul

By Jeff Overley (February 5, 2013, 6:22 PM EST) -- Citing disappointing progress on improved prescription-drug labeling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it was looking at providing the pharmaceutical industry with assistance to update drugs' safety information.

The agency is responding to a requirement that all new drugs approved after June 30, 2001, comply with new standards intended to make labels easier to read and more focused on the most important warnings about a drug's risks. Despite that rule, as well as efforts to encourage voluntary labeling updates for older drugs, only 15 percent of all prescription medicines abide by the new framework, according to the FDA....

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