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Pharmacy Organization Proposes Drug Label Changes

01/04/11

  10:44:33 pm, by MedBen5   , 138 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Pharmacy Organization Proposes Drug Label Changes

Most doctors and pharmacists do their best to ensure that patients understand drug dosage, but that doesn’t always make the instructions on the pill bottle any more comprehensible. To hopefully make things clearer, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, which sets drug standards, has proposed changes to label information.

The Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports that the USP aims to make dosage numbers more explicit and usage times more specific. For example, rather than the vague wording “Take two tablets twice daily”, the label would read “Take 2 tablets in the morning and 2 tablets in the evening”. Sentence structure and text layout would also be modified, and the purpose of the drug would be printed (with the permission of the patient).

The USP is currently gathering feedback for their proposals 17PrescriptionContainterLabeling@usp.org for possible introduction later this year.

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