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From the Food and Drug Administration
April 7, 1999

New Easy-to-Understand Labels for OTC Drugs

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JAMA. 1999;281(13):1164. doi:10.1001/jama.281.13.1164-JFD90002-3-1

The FDA has issued a final regulation that will require nonprescription (over-the-counter or OTC) drugs to use a standardized format for labeling and meet other requirements to make it easier for consumers to understand information about a drug's benefits and risks, as well as its proper use. The format will enable consumers to more readily determine whether a product contains ingredients that they need or that they should not take. It will also make it easier to compare similar products to determine which ingredients are appropriate for them based on their symptoms and health situation.

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