FDA Announces Use of New Electronic Drug Labels to Help Improve Patient Safety

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today began requiring drug manufacturers to submit prescription drug label information to FDA in a new electronic format. This electronic format will allow healthcare providers and the general public to more easily access the product information found in the FDA-approved package inserts ("labels") for all approved medicines in the United States. These new electronic product labels will be the key element and primary source of medication information for “DailyMed” — a new interagency online health information clearinghouse that will provide the most up-to-date medication information free to consumers, healthcare providers and healthcare information providers. This information can be accessed through the National Library of Medicine at http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. In the future, this new product information will also be provided through facts@fda.gov, a comprehensive internet resource designed to give one-stop access for information about all FDA-regulated products.