Out Of Date Information is Putting Patients at Risk
Companies should make sure that the information that’s included on their drug labels is up to date.
Drug labels can be incredibly difficult to understand. Full of medical jargon that not everyone is going to be familiar with, they’re also pretty behind the times. Recently it was discovered that many labels for drugs approved by America’s Food and Drug Administration are dangerously out of date, despite being given the go ahead for public distribution. Inaccurate or hard to understand drug labels won’t just result in a few harmless mix ups – they could have life-changing consequences. So what can be done about it? Well, individual companies should be taking a long look at the labels that are accompanying their products.
We find out more about a drug as time goes on
First of all, how exactly does a medicine label go out of date? Well, once a drug hits the shelves its development doesn’t stop there. When a drug is first approved, we only know that it a) works for its intended purpose and b) is safe for people to use. Over time, more information can emerge, enriching our knowledge of a drug and what it does. Researchers could discover that it can be used to treat other diseases and health conditions, or that it is particularly suited to one demographic. You’d think that with each significant discovery, a drug label would be updated, or that every so often, the information would be reviewed and updated. Unfortunately, that’s not often the case.
What’s in it for drug companies?
The disparity between what’s included on a drug label and the evolution of that drug could be solved quite easily, but some manufacturers aren’t that keen to address it. There’s often little incentive for them to update their labels if, for example, the drug isn’t being actively marketed or if it’s facing lots of generic competition. They see changing the label as a waste of time and money, especially if they have other, newer drugs to focus on. Sadly, this could be putting patients at risk.
This could cause serious problems
If a doctor relies solely on what’s on a label to advise their patients on how to take their medication, that person could end up receiving care that’s unsuitable. Similarly, people who could benefit from a drug may not be prescribed it if the label hasn’t been updated to include their particular health complaint. The fault here doesn’t lie with medical professionals – it’s the people manufacturing the drugs.
How to avert a crisis
It’s clear that companies have a moral obligation to update their drug labels, especially considering that misinformation could lead to a public health crisis. When it comes to custom drug labels being printed, it’s always better to call in the professionals too. Not only do we have plenty of experience of the industry and will be able to advise you on what to include on your label, we have the tools and resources to get your labels printed quickly and easily. So you can get your labels out there in no time at all, and people will be able to take their medication with complete confidence.
Information is key
Indifference on a drug company’s part can cause serious damage to a patient’s health, which is why it’s vital that drug labels should be reviewed and then amended to include any new information. If that is something that you’re going to be looking at doing in the near future, why not give us a call? With years of experience in the pharmaceuticals market, we’ll be able to create labels that work for your business and patients alike.