New FDA Rule Will Enforce Electronic Drug Labeling

Law360, New York (December 16, 2014, 7:16 PM EST) -- A rule proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and set to be unveiled Thursday will require pharmaceutical companies to provide health care providers with real-time electronic updates of drug label changes.

The proposal, which the FDA says is meant to protect patients by providing the latest available safety information, will require manufacturers to forgo printed labels in favor of upkeep of the agency's online labelling repository.

"This would ensure that the most up-to-date version of the prescribing information is available to health care professionals and the public," the rule said.

The rule directs pharmaceutical companies to provide a link...

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