NACDS receives legislative support on MedGuide requirements

August 27, 2007

U.S. Senator supports NACDS efforts to reduce burdensome Medication Guide (MedGuide) requirements for a growing number of prescriptions.

NACDS receives legislative support on MedGuide requirementsNACDS efforts to reduce the burdensome Medication Guide (MedGuide) requirements for a growing number of prescriptions received key support from a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Sen. Jack Reed (D, R.I.) incorporated language that would simplify MedGuide requirements into the official report accompanying the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food & Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2008. NACDS expressed concerns that the FDA's MedGuide program is not adequately assisting patients in understanding the rules associated with certain medications. As of March, there are 240 prescription products requiring MedGuides. However, according to NACDS, not only are these guides difficult to obtain by pharmacists in an efficient manner, but also there is a potential to diminish the usefulness of the program by overwhelming patients with multiple pages of written material.

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