NACDS suggests ways to improve MedGuides to FDA

June 16, 2008

In comments to FDA, NACDS suggests several ways in which medication guides can be improved.

Medication guides don't do a good job of warning patients about drug risks and consume a lot of pharmacists' administrative time. So stated the National Association of Chain Drug Stores in comments to the Food & Drug Administration. NACDS recommends that FDA switch to a single MedGuide for a whole drug class, instead of for individual drugs; establish standards for manufacturer distribution of MedGuides; set up a toll-free number for pharmacists to obtain MedGuides; allow printing and electronic mailing of MedGuides; require Medguides only on new Rxs and upon request for refills; and create a single patient-oriented medication information document.