FDA eyes simplified medication guide for patients

The FDA proposed a new, one-page medication guide outline for prescription drugs and biologics to ensure a "consistent and easy-to-understand format" for patients, the agency said May 30. 

The drafted medication guide, called "Patient Medication Information," will work to solve current issues, such as "confusing, conflicting, incomplete or repetitive" drug information handed to patients, the FDA said.

In the U.S., nonadherence to medications leads to about 125,000 deaths per year, about 1 in 4 hospital readmissions and 50 percent of treatment failures, according to the agency. 

The FDA said the more consistent guideline could make it easier for AI to convert the information to other formats for visually impaired people.

"We also view this proposal as one way to fight our nation's crisis with health care misinformation and disinformation, which is a top priority for the agency," the FDA said.

The agency is asking for comments on the proposal to be submitted before Nov. 26.

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