FDA Requires Electronic Drug Labels
Biopharmaceutical companies are now required to submit the detailed information that goes on FDA-approved package inserts in an electronic format that will be accessible online by health care professionals and the public.The Food and Drug Administration recently began requiring drug manufacturers to submit prescription drug label information in a new electronic format that will allow health care providers and the general public to more easily access the product information found in the package inserts for all approved medicines in the United States. These new electronic product labels will be accessible at DailyMed, a new online health information site that will provide free medication information. A database fully populated with approved medications is expected in about one year, with the subsequent addition of biologics and medical devices. "Providing health care providers and patients with clear, concise information about their prescriptions will help ensure safe use of drugs and better health outcomes," says Health and Human Services secretary Mike Leavitt.
"Now medication information will be easy to access on a publicly available Web site, and this will lead to future innovations with health information technology," concludes Leavitt.