Opinion: Congress: stand up to the paper lobby and abolish outdated paper labeling for clinicians

There’s no place in health care for practices that fail to serve the best interests of patients and their clinicians. One such obsolete and harmful practice is providing outdated and wasteful paper prescribing information to pharmacists and prescribers when they can — and do — obtain the most up-to-date prescribing information online.

FDA-approved information for prescribers includes detailed technical information about a drug’s molecular structure, along with its approved uses, dosing, expected side effects, warnings, contraindications, and precautions. The prescribing information is different than patient labeling, which is written in non-technical language and contains practical information about how to take a drug and what side effects to watch out for.

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