Pharmacies, AGs Claim Sides On FDA's Generic Label Plan

By Michael Lipkin (March 12, 2014, 6:16 PM EDT) -- Dozens of state attorneys general and more than 20 pharmacies and trade groups squared off on opposing sides Wednesday over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's controversial plan to let generic-drug makers independently change their warning labels.

In separate letters to the FDA, the attorneys general praised the proposed rule as an incentive for generics manufacturers to keep a close eye on their drugs, while the pharmacies argued the potential for differing warnings would confuse the market and eventually drive up prices.

The current rules prevent generic-drug makers from updating labels without prior FDA approval, something name-brand manufacturers are allowed to...

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