NACDS urges FDA to streamline patient medication information

July 6, 2011

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is urging FDA to streamline patient medication information.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is urging FDA to streamline patient medication information.

In a recent letter to FDA, NACDs said FDA should expeditiously develop, adopt, and implement a “One-Document Solution.” Currently, FDA requires that pharmacies provide patients with several different types of information on prescription drugs, including Medication Guides, Patient Package Inserts, Consumer Medication Information, and other information.

“The provision of multiple documents, containing redundant or even conflicting information, creates logistical and financial burdens for pharmacies that compromise effective patient counseling,” NACDS wrote to FDA.

FDA is holding public hearings to gather information about a single patient medication information (PMI) document, as the result of an executive order from the Obama Administration on streamlining federal regulations.

“The development and implementation of a ‘One-Document Solution’ is an important patient safety recommendation and should be a top priority,” said Steven Anderson, president and CEO of NACDS.