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Published on Nov 07, 2005 by Edgar Snyder

Drug Labels go Digital

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) isn’t letting technology pass them by. The FDA will soon require that all drug companies submit digital labels of their medications for a public online database.

Under the digital requirement, drug makers will provide all new, changed and preexisting labels in a digital format that is searchable via a public online archive. All digital labels will be maintained in a public database supported by the National Library of Medicine. Drug makers are also testing computer programs that give drugstore pharmacists access to updated labels as needed.

The FDA’s digital drug label plan makes prescription labels readily available and user friendly. The FDA also intends on launching a website with the drug labels, as well as information about other regulated products, such as medical devices.

Source: “FDA Sets Digital Procedure for Drug-Label Submissions.” By Anna Wilde Matthews. The Wall Street Journal. November 2, 2005.
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