Clearer guidelines expected for drug labels

03/28/2005 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

The FDA estimates current obtuse labels on prescription drugs are leading to $3.8 billion in unnecessary hospital costs because of incorrect drug use, one of several reasons behind the agency's work on guidelines it hopes will lead to labels that are clearer to physicians and consumers. The agency expects to issue the guidelines within weeks as part of an effort to ensure all parties better understand the text on a container of medicine and the paperwork that accompanies it.

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