Prescription Drug Labels May Undergo Readability Overhaul

February 24, 2011
In response to studies showing Americans often misunderstand prescription drug instructions, the U.S. Pharmacopeia has proposed new labeling standards that would convey critical information in an easy-to-read format. The new standards, proposed last month and outlined in the prescription container labeling of the Pharmacopeial Forum, cover the content, language, format and appearance of prescription labels. If adopted, the standards would provide a generic format for labeling that every pharmacy would follow. Currently, prescription labels vary significantly from pharmacy to pharmacy. The standards are open for public comment until March 31.
Washington Drug Letter